The future of infrastructure is collaborative
Broadly known as “collaborative contracting,” these delivery methods are distinguished from traditional bid-build or design build by involving the contractor earlier in the process, providing more opportunities to work towards innovative solutions and execute projects that provide the best value to all stakeholders.
Two of the primary collaborative contracting models are Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC) and Progressive Design-Build (PDB). Learn more about each in the videos below.
Unlike tradition project delivery, where a design is completed before the owner selects the contractor, in a CM/GC project, the owner brings in the contractor towards the end of preliminary design phase. The contractor and designer then work together, under contractual coordination requirements, to complete the final design phase. In the process of working through the final design, they are able to work together to identify more opportunities for savings and flexibility.
In a PDB project, the owner selects a team based on qualifications or best value criteria—not just lowest cost—followed by a collaborative process to a final design and price. Key features include early retention of the contractor, selection based on qualifications, and delivery of the project in two distinct phases: Phase One includes a budget-level design, while Phase Two includes the completion of the project's design and construction.
Reduce cost by capturing value engineering and schedule savings up front, during the design phase.
Schedule is developed cooperatively, so speed is optimized and completion is accelerated by months or years.
Implement innovative solutions to technically challenging problems that reduce risks while lowering costs and shortening schedules.
CM/GC collaborative processes build a foundation of trust and transparency, resulting in a strong partnership between owner, designer, and contractor.
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