Delivery Methods

Project delivery methods vary and can be uniquely tailored to the planning, design and construction process of capital projects.

Which one is best for your project goals?

Choosing the best delivery method for your project doesn’t have to be an arduous task. Depending on your project needs, desire for involvement in decisions and risk preferences, there is a delivery system that is right for your project.

Choosing the appropriate delivery method has its benefits:

  • Most cost-effective approach
  • Best-suited method to achieve your schedule and occupancy goals
  • Best use of your internal project management staff

We offer several different delivery methods

Construction Management at-Risk –  The CM acts as 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 single point of responsibility for the delivery of the project.  See CM at-Risk projects

Construction Management as Agent – The architect and the construction manager each act as the owner’s agent in the Construction Management as Agent (CM Agency) 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.  See CM Agency projects

Design-Build – 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. See Design-Build projects

Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) – A delivery model based on Lean construction principles that add value through maximizing efficiency and collaboration of all involved (owner, A/E, builders, trade contractors, facility managers, end users).  Functional IPD can be implemented in conjunction with typical delivery methods such as CM at-Risk or design-build. See IPD projects

Lump Sum Contracting –  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. See Lump Sum projects

Program/Project Management – Program (or project) management is the practice of construction management services provided to an owner that typically has multiple concurrent projects underway. The program manager functions as an agent for the owner and establishes budgets, schedules, procedures and policies for a multi-project building program. These services are applied to projects that may require early program consultation, designer selection guidance, relocation management, program budgets, infrastructure management, post-occupancy functional review and more. See Program/Project Management projects