Pre-Construction Phase Administration Guidebook for Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC) Transportation Projects
Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC)
is an innovative project delivery method that is quickly gaining the attention
of transportation agencies. CM/GC is an attractive method of alternative
project delivery under which agencies can deliver complex projects quicker and
for lower costs without relinquishing as much control over the design as in
design-build. CM/GC projects consist of two stages, the first of which is
pre-construction services. After
completing preliminary design (often 30%), the agency procures a CM/GC
contractor for the pre-construction services phase to provide input as the
design progresses. The contractor
provides input on issues such as constructability, value engineering,
quantities take-offs, cost estimating, scheduling, permitting and long-lead
procurement. At the conclusion of the
pre-construction services, the goal is for the contractor and the agency to
agree to price at which the contractor will construct the project. While CM/GC has gained traction, only a
handful of jurisdictions have made extensive use of it, while many others are
interested, but hesitate due to a lack of experience. However, with several leaders in alternative
delivery having delivered CM/GC projects, there exists a solid framework of
best practices to serve as the starting point for greater implementation.
The success of CM/GC hinges on ensuring that the pre-construction phase
produces a constructible design that fits within the project owner’s
budget. The inability of the owner and
contractor to arrive at a construction price can result in significant lost
time and expense, and can turn the owner against the CM/GC method. The goal of this research will be to assist
agencies in the development of administration systems for the pre-construction
services phase of CM/GC projects by combining best practices with industry
experience. The end goal will be a
guidebook that agencies inexperienced with CM/GC can use when first delivering
CM/GC projects, but which is suitable for experienced agencies as a compilation
of best practices and suggestions for the betterment of their CM/GC projects.
There does not presently exist a “guidebook” for agencies that walks
them through the details of CM/GC pre-construction services
administration. While there is research
on CM/GC delivery, it focuses on general best practices from a broad
perspective, without providing the specificity desired by agencies looking to
learn details of how to deliver a project using CM/GC. This guidebook will fill that void.
“A Guidebook for Construction Manager-at-Risk Contracting for Highway
Projects,” Douglas D. Gransberg, et al. (April 2013).
"A guidebook for CM/GC post award contract administration" Molenaar, El Asmar, Papajohn, et al. (In Press)
(1) Research on current best practices for CM/GC
pre-construction services; (2) interviews with (a) agencies that have delivered
CM/GC projects, (b) consultants providing services for owners delivering CM/GC
projects and (c) contractors with CM/GC experience; (3) drafting of the guidebook.
Interviews will draw from all types of CM/GC projects, including rail and
transit, ports, aviation, buildings, highways, bridges and others, then
distilled for best practices in transportation.
The guidebook will be implemented through
research and interviews, culminating in a written report.
This information is relevant to transportation and transit agencies in nearly every U.S. jurisdiction and abroad. CM/GC can be used in nearly every mode of transportation, from highways to transit systems, such that the guidebook would be of interest to any agency that delivers transportation projects.
|Sponsoring Committee:||AFH15, Project Delivery Methods
|Research Period:||12 - 24 months|
|RNS Developer:||Ken Beehler, Amir Hessami, John Carlson|
|Source Info:||Committee members, interviews with relevant agencies|
|Index Terms:||Construction management, Construction manager/general contractor delivery method, Project delivery, Preconstruction activities, Contract administration, Handbooks, |
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