Construction Management

This format joins the owner, architect and/or engineers and the construction manager in a team approach (typically under a CCDC 5A or CCDC 5B contract format). Instead of mediating the relationship of the owner and contractor through the architect, the owner directly retains all parties for a fee based on services required. Moreover, all the individual trades are retained directly by the owner, meaning the construction manager will act in a consultant capacity by releasing trade contract packages for tender on a competitive basis while the design is finalized.

Site work commences almost immediately upon selection of the construction manager, translating into an early start and subsequently earlier finish. The construction manager is also involved in implementing a system of value engineering, infusing their construction knowledge into the design at an early stage with the objective of creating efficiencies throughout that can lead to maximization of material selection and pricing, delivery schedules and logistics, and new technological solutions. The overlapping of design and construction in this fashion is often referred to as fast-tracking.

This format is commonly employed at the beginning of project to create efficiencies in the start-up phases and then converted to a guaranteed maximum price after an amount of certainty in the design is achieved.

Construction Management

The Pros

  • A greater sense of teamwork amongst designers and builders
  • More expediency in project start-up

The Cons

  • Without proper controls, there is no inherent incentive to stay on schedule and deliver on time
  • No one point of contact for easy resolution of problems