Construction Program Guide
Construction Manager / General Contractor Project Delivery
The Construction Manager / General Contractor (CM/GC) project delivery method allows an owner to engage a construction manager during the design process to provide constructability input. The Construction Manager is generally selected on the basis of qualifications, past experience or a best-value basis. During the design phase, the construction manager provides input regarding scheduling, pricing, phasing and other input that helps the owner design a more constructible project. At approximately an average of 60% to 90% design completion, the owner and the construction manager negotiate a 'guaranteed maximum price' for the construction of the project based on the defined scope and schedule. If this price is acceptable to both parties, they execute a contract for construction services, and the construction manager becomes the general contractor. The CM/GC delivery method is also called the Construction Manager at-Risk (CMR) method by state law in some states.
- Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) Section 1303 - Letting of Contracts (07/06/2012) Authorizes contracting agencies to use the CM/GC project delivery method. SEP-14 approval is no longer necessary as long as the contracting agency complies with the statutory provisions in Section 1303.
- Construction Manager/General Contractor Contracting Final Rule (12/02/2016) Section 1303 of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) authorizes the use of the Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC) contracting method. This final rule implements the new provisions in the statute, including requirements for FHWA approvals relating to the CM/GC method of contracting for projects receiving Federal-aid Highway Program funding.