Choosing the right construction delivery method can have a direct impact on the success of your project. The three primary methods of project delivery Rudolph Libbe Group uses are Design/Build, Design/Bid/Build, and Construction Management At-Risk. We’ll discuss them with you in our initial conversations about your project, but here’s generally how they differ from each other.
The design/build method is a contractual agreement where the contractor is retained by the owner to deliver a complete project, inclusive of design services. With this delivery method, you get:
- A single point of responsibility for design and construction.
- Design/Build team selection based on qualifications, experience, and individual team members.
- Early construction input (as the owner) during design, budget and planning phases.
- The fastest project completion (since design and construction can overlap).
- A collaborative teaming approach.
- The majority of the project competitively bid.
Also known as the “Traditional Method” or “Plan and Spec,” the design/bid/build method is a linear process where one task follows another with no overlap. With this delivery method:
- The selection of general contractor is based on price.
- The owner and architect are responsible for completeness and accuracy of construction documents.
- No construction input occurs during design.
- A longer project duration is likely.
- The owner is financially responsible for conflicts among team members.
- Expect competitive bidding to achieve lowest price.
The Construction Management method allows the owner to interview and select a Construction Manager based on qualifications and experience. With this method:
- The Construction Manager provides design-phase assistance for budget, project planning, and value-engineering analysis.
- Expect continuous budget and schedule feedback.
- Plan on a faster schedule that works well with fast-track.
- Expect increased ability to handle changes in design and scope.
- Expect fewer changes once construction begins.
- Contracts are awarded based on submitted proposals.
We’ll work with you to determine the delivery method that best meets your budget, your schedule, and your desired level of involvement.