Construction Project Delivery Approaches

Choosing a project delivery method plays an important role in the ultimate success of your project. The uniqueness of each project requires selecting a delivery approach that best suits client and project needs. That’s why we help you find the most cost-effective and efficient solutions to meet your project’s specific requirements. Although we manage a variety of project delivery formats, we believe the following methods offer the best solutions to meet client needs:

Design-Build

Design-Assist

CMAR

Design-Bid-Build

Design-Build

Single source contracting for design and construction services.

BENEFITS: Mutual trust and respect, shared risk and reward, collaboration, innovation, early involvement of key participants, early cost and schedule knowledge, elimination of waste and duplication, open communication, common goals.

KEY PRINCIPLES FOR SUCCESS:
— Mutual Respect and Trust
— Collaborative Innovation and Decision Making
— Early Involvement of Key Participants
— Early Goal Definition
— Intensified Planning
— Open Communication
— Appropriate Technology

Design-Assist (Integrated Partnering Approach)

Integrates people, systems, business structures and practices into a process that collaboratively harnesses the talents and insights of all participants.

BENEFITS: Optimization of project results, increased value to the owner, waste reduction, and maximized efficiency through all phases of design, fabrication and construction.

KEY PRINCIPLES FOR SUCCESS:
— Mutual Respect and Trust
— Mutual Benefit and Reward
— Collaborative Innovation and Decision Making
— Early Involvement of Key Participants
— Intensified Planning
— Open Communication
— Appropriate Technology
— Organization and Leadership

Construction Manager-at-Risk (CMAR)

Construction Manager acts as a consultant to the owner in the development and design phases, but assumes the risk for construction performance as the equivalent of a general contractor holding all trade subcontracts during the construction phase.

BENEFITS: Informed decisions can be made regarding time and cost consequences of design and construction, scheduling, cost control; coordination of construction contract negotiations and awards; timely purchasing of critical materials and long-lead-time items, and coordination of construction activities.

KEY PRINCIPLES FOR SUCCESS:
— Hiring of the CM at-Risk during the design phase
— Clear quality standards produced by the contract’s prescriptive specifications
— Establishment of a guaranteed maximum price
— Overlapping phases; design and build
— Preconstruction services offered by the contractor include constructability review, bid climate, and bid management)

Competitive Bid (Design-Bid-Build)

Typically involves three sequential project phases: design, procurement, and construction.

BENEFITS: Reliable price information for the project before construction starts; with proper design oversight and budgeting of the total project, costs are somewhat predictable for the owner once the bids are received; owner has more control over the design content, relative to other delivery methods.

KEY PRINCIPLES FOR SUCCESS:
— Linear or overlapping phases; design, bid, build if a project is fast-tracked or bid-out to multiple prime contractors
— Well-established and broadly documented roles
— Contract documents that are typically completed in a single package before construction begins, requiring construction-related decisions in advance of actual execution
— Construction planning based on completed documents
— Complete specifications that produce clear quality standards
— Configuration and details of finished product agreed to by all parties before construction begins