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A unique method used to accelerate project delivery is the Construction Manager/General Contractor (CMGC) process. In the CMGC process the project owner hires a contractor to provide feedback during the design phase before the start of construction.
The CMGC process is broken down into two contract phases. The first contract phase, the design phase, allows the contractor to work with the designer and the project owner to identify risks, provide costs projections and refine the project schedule. Once the design phase is complete, the contractor and project owner negotiate on the price for the construction contract. If all parties are in agreement with costs then the second contract phase, the construction phase, is kicked off and construction begins.
There are advantages to using the CMGC process. The contractor acts as the consultant in the design process and can offer new innovations, best practices and reduced costs and schedule risks as a result of the contractor’s years of proven experience doing the actual work. This process also allows the project owner to employ new innovations, assist in the design process, and make informed decisions regarding cost and schedule.
Additional benefits for using the CMGC process include:
Projects that are best suited for the CMGC process include when the owner needs contractor feedback during the design phase. These projects include complex components that require innovation, or "thinking out of the box," and are typically located in urban areas. Other projects that are a good fit for the CMGC process are projects that have public involvement or include right-of-way or utility issues that impact the overall schedule.