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Project Delivery Methods

CONSTRUCTION MANAGER AT RISK (CMAR)

DESCRIPTION

Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) allows the project owner to select a contractor to manage the construction of their project based on qualifications and prior to the completion of project design. The contractor works with the owner’s engineer to complete the design and provide realistic cost estimates. The contractor is paid a fee for its services during the design phase of the project, and provides the owner with a Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) and a detailed time-locked schedule. The CMAR then solicits proposals from subcontractors in much the same manner. Budget savings are usually shared between the owner and CMAR.

BENEFITS
  • Contractor (CMAR) is selected on qualifications
  • Early CMAR involvement in design
  • Collaborative approach, partnership
  • GMP early in the project
  • CMAR responsible for delivery of the project on time and within budget
  • Enables fast track delivery
  • Good for large, complex, schedule-driven projects
  • Owner and CMAR control contingency jointly

Job Order Contracting (JOC)

DESCRIPTION

Job Order Contracting (JOC) is best suited to situations in which the project owner has a need for multiple projects (repairs, alterations, renovations, expansions, etc.) to be performed in a specific project area or atmosphere that would benefit from specific project or management expertise. The Job Order Contractor becomes a partner to the project owner, is responsive and basically “on-call” for project needs within the defined contract scope and length.

BENEFITS
  • Contractor is selected on qualifications
  • Enables fast track delivery
  • Reduced “up front” cost and time
  • Less expensive
  • Fewer changes
  • Incentive for higher quality
  • Trade subcontractor may perform as JOC

Design-Build

DESCRIPTION

Under the Design-Build (DB) method the project owner contracts the architect/engineering firm at the same time as the contractor, forming a team to shepherd the project from design to fruition. Selection of the designer and contractor usually occurs when plans are at 25-30% of completion. Design-Build is a non-linear process in which design and construction overlap, which usually requires a two-phase qualifications based procurement process (RFQ/RFP). The Design-Builder provides a lump sum bid to the project owner.

BENEFITS
  • Single point of accountability for design and construction
  • Enables fast-track delivery because construction begins before design is complete
  • Project cost defined early in the process

Design-Bid-Build

DESCRIPTION

Often referred to as the traditional contracting method, this is the approach that most public project owners employ. This is a linear process in which one task follows another with no overlap whatsoever. Plans are developed to 100% completion before the project is advertised for contractor bids. Contractors bid the project exactly as designed and the work is awarded to the lowest bidder.

BENEFITS
  • Single point of accountability for design and construction
  • Enables fast-track delivery because construction begins before design is complete
  • Project cost defined early in the process