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Alternative Contracting Methods

Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC)

CM/GC flowchart

What is the Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC) Method?

The CM/GC project delivery method consists of two phases-design and construction.

When the owner considers the design to be complete, the construction manager then has an opportunity to bid on the project based on the completed design and schedule. If the owner, designer and independent cost estimator agree that the contractor has submitted a fair price, the owner issues a construction contract and the construction manager then becomes the general contractor.

The contractor acts as the consultant during the design process and can offer constructability and pricing feedback on design options and can identify risks based on the contractor's established means and methods. As noted earlier, this process also allows the owner to be an active participant during the design process and make informed decisions on design options based on the contractor's expertise.

CM/GC Resources

CM/GC Enabling Legislation

CM/GC Sample Manuals of Instruction

CM/GC Skill Sets: Essential project management knowledge required by public owners

CM/GC Procurement Strategies

CM/GC Contracting

Request for Proposal (RFP) samples
Request for Qualifications (RFQ) samples

Risk Registries and Risk Allocation Guidance

Other Handy CM/GC Resources

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Updated: 05/29/2014
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