No one method is right for everyone. Every project is unique and there are a number of project delivery methods that can be specifically tailored to meet the planning, design and construction processes of your capital projects.
Selecting the best method to ensure your project objectives are met shouldn’t be a difficult task once you understand what each method offers. Choosing the right method to meet those objectives often depends on your time and budget constraints, involvement in the decision process and risk preferences.
Each delivery method has its benefits and a few factors to consider when choosing which is best for you, including:
- How involved do you want your builder during the design process?
- Which method is most cost effective?
- Which method best achieves your schedule and operational goals?
- What is your internal staff commitment or availability?
- What is the overall size and complexity of the project?
Construction Management at-Risk (CMr) – The CM acts as a consultant to the owner in the development and design phases, and serves as a general contractor during the construction phase. The CM-at-Risk contracts directly with multiple subcontractors and has a single point of responsibility for the delivery of the project. READ MORE
Construction Management as Agent (CMA) – The architect and the construction manager each act as the owner’s agent in the CMA delivery method. Trade contracts are held by the owner rather than the construction manager. The owner is responsible for procuring all trade contracts for the construction phase, which the CM can coordinate. READ MORE
Design/Build (DB) – A single firm is responsible for both design and construction of a project. The design/builder contracts directly with the subcontractors and is fully responsible for the delivery of the project. READ MORE
Owner’s Representation (OR) – While not considered a delivery method of construction per say, due to the complexity of a large construction project some Owners select an Owner's Representative to act on their behalf with the management of the entire construction process from Architect selection to construction and through final project closeout. READ MORE
General Contracting (GC) – The owner agrees to pay a contractor a specified amount, or “lump sum,” for completing a scope of work without requiring a cost breakdown. In this traditional delivery system, the owner engages a designer to prepare the design of the complete facility, including construction drawings, specifications and contract packages. READ MORE