Project Delivery Methods

– Negotiated team

Construction management
– CM as Advisor, CM as Agent
– CM as Constructor
– Design-build as Developer
Entities –
Principal/Owner,  Agent, 3rd Party/Prime.   Others – Advisor, Subs, Consultants

Multiple Prime – owner w/ subs (as primes, each contracted to owner)

Many Prime – owner w/ many contractors (primes ea. contracted to owner, ea. w/ their own subs, usually for fast-track overlap)

Fast-track – non-linear.  Traditional – linear




-Traditional – Contractor awarded after dwgs. done, usually Fixed Fee aka Stipulated/Lump Sum, not time sensitive

Design-Bid-Build – Competitive Bidding (Gov.) – lowest by law.

Design-Negotiate-Build – Negotiated Select Team or Competitive Sealed Proposals (Gov.) – prequalify

-optional compensation of Cost Plus Fixed Fee (Labor/Time and Materials) if  there are unknowns like cost outset

-Fast-track by hiring contractor before dwgs are finished




-All usually Fixed Fee aka Stipulated/Lump Sum, for time sensitive, when owner has building experience

Integrated Entity – one contract

Bridging – 2 Architects, 1 as agent to complete design package & 1 from design/build team as prime



Construction Management

-All Fast-track, for time sensitive, not usually the cheapest

CM-advisor or agent (owner becomes prime)

CM-Multiple Prime (subs)

Fixed Fee aka Stipulated/Lump Sum

CM-contractor (as prime) – fastest, Construction Manager at Risk

Many Prime (primes/trades and their subs)

GMP (guaranteed maximum price) or Cost Plus Fee



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