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project delivery methods


The building process is exciting—but very complex. It takes considerable skill and attention to advance a project from a gleam in a client’s eye to a fully designed and constructed facility ready for a lifetime of cherished use. Specifically, it requires detailed planning and design services; well managed budgeting, purchasing, and organization of high-end materials; contractual outlines of duties and responsibilities; and effective management throughout the ever-evolving project landscape.

To meet the needs of a variety of clients and scenarios, McQueenVerdi ▪ Group offers three tailored and industry-recognized options for project delivery:

Design / Build
Design – Bid – Build
Construction Management



The Design / Build method is perhaps the most common and straightforward of delivery options—and the one that best avoids many of the inherent difficulties common in traditional three-party approaches that utilize separate parties for both design and construction.

Simply put, it’s an option focused on integration. The client awards a single contract for the complete design, management, and construction of a project, dealing with a single source in order to save time and money while avoiding the unnecessary risks and complexities that often accompany multi-party contracts.

Design / Build Summary:
Two Prime Parties: Owner + Designer / Builder
One Contract
Competitively Bid (most often via lump sum construction contracts)
Selection Based on the Best Qualified Candidate

Design / Build Attributes:
Centralized Responsibility, Communication, and Accountability
Predetermined, Guaranteed, and Reduced Construction Costs
Reduced Risk
Optimized Schedule
Increased Efficiency of Design Process
Minimized Change Orders and Delays
Avoidance of Conflict
Client Retains Maximum Control
Open to Client Preferred Subcontractors For Trade Work

Design / Build Challenges:
Demanding Interview Process
Selection Based on Price Alone can lead to Inferior Quality
Client Must Select a Provider Skilled in All Aspects of the Project
Client Must Make Early and Timely Decisions
Beginning of Process is More Intensive


The Design – Bid – Build method transfers responsibility mid-project, adding an additional party upon the architect’s completion of design. The client contracts an architect to design the project and develop all requisite documentation, then uses this work to procure a selection of construction bids from outside parties. Once a selection has been made, the client retains the original architect to administer the contract.

Design – Bid – Build Summary:
Three Prime Parties: Owner + Architect + Builder
Two Separate Contracts
Competitively Bid (most often via lump sum construction contracts)
Constructing Contractor Selection Based on Lowest Responsible Bid

Design – Bid – Build Attributes:
Open to Client-Preferred Subcontractors for Trade Work
Client Assumes Less Responsibility
Reduced Risk
Guaranteed Cost and Schedule

Design – Bid – Build Challenges:
Compromised Ability to Qualify Client-Preferred Subcontractors
Client Retains Significantly Less Control
Extended Interview Process for Subcontractors
Change Orders Threaten Productivity


The Construction Management method utilizes a construction manager to facilitate the design and construction of a project by organizing the requisite parties, materials, and equipment. A construction manager at risk (CMc) takes on more complex responsibilities by overseeing the specific means and methods of construction, while a construction manager Not At - Risk (CM) serves the simplified role of an owner’s representative and advisor.

Construction Management Summary:
Three Primary Parties: Owner + Architect + Construction Manager
Multiple Contracts
Price Usually Held to a Maximum Range

Construction Management Attributes:
Construction Manager will Qualify Subcontractors
Owner Retains Significant Involvement and Control
Minimizes Contractor Change Orders
Guarantees Cost, Schedule, and Value

Construction Management Challenges:
Price may not be most Competitive
Use of Owner’s Preferred Contractors may add Exposure
Change Orders may Threaten Productivity

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