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The Construction Management Delivery System

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2000 Annual Conference


St. Louis, Missouri

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June 18, 2000

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June 18, 2000

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June 21, 2000



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5.613.1 - 5.613.6



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Daniel Davis

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Session 1421

The Construction Management Delivery System An Architect’s Point of View

Daniel Davis, AIA University of Hartford


There are at least three different building project delivery systems in use today. This paper will support the premise that the Construction Management method is the preferred approach for many projects. Construction Management is a building project delivery system that uses the services of a professional manager, who in essence becomes the third member of the traditional Owner/Architect team. The Construction Manager works with the Owner and the Architect in coordinating the entire project, utilizing specialized skills and knowledge to bring a project in on time and on budget, all while maintaining the highest quality. This happens by adding construction expertise and by enhancing services in the pre-construction phases of the project: budgeting, value engineering, constructability reviews, scheduling, and phasing. This process will ensure that the project (1) meets the approved schedule, (2) meets all construction deadlines, and (3) is feasible concerning phased occupancy. When it comes time to build, the Construction Manger is totally familiar with the project and will manage the bidding, awarding and construction phases of the project. I have worked on more than ten (10) different projects that have used the Construction Management method and this can endorse this approach.

What are the three different building project delivery systems?

There are at least three different building project delivery systems in use today: (1) the General Construction model, (2) Design/Build model, and (3) the Construction Management model.

General Construction (GC) • Architect provides all pre-construction services alone. • Builder often determined by low bid. • Owner hires a Clerk or Construction Administrator to observe construction. • Owner has little control over the builder. • My experience with GC includes: Southwest Elementary School, Torrington, CT 20,000 SF addition and 30,000 SF renovation, to be completed Fall 2000.

Davis, D. (2000, June), The Construction Management Delivery System Paper presented at 2000 Annual Conference, St. Louis, Missouri. 10.18260/1-2--8235

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