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Greg Nadeau

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Construction Manager/General Contractor – A valuable tool to accelerate project delivery

by Greg Nadeau on September 28, 2011
Deputy Administrator
Federal Highway

Our contributors to this edition of the Every Day Counts (EDC) Forum have highlighted four important elements related to Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC) tools. Rich Juliano from American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) and Cade Rowley PE from Sundt Construction provide interesting perspectives from the private sector. Doug Gransberg, PhD, PE and Jennifer Shane, PhD, both from Iowa State University, contribute to the discussion from academia. Jim Micminimee, formerly of Utah DOT, (the pied piper for CM/GC) shares his thoughts on the value of CM/GC as a procurement tool. However, it is also fitting for this topic that we have another voice from Utah, UDOT's current Director of Development Randall Parks, PE. UDOT has pioneered the adaption of CM/CG in to a standard practice in Utah's highway construction program. Randall and Jim can and do attest to its value.

This edition of the EDC Forum delivers very compelling arguments as to why every owner should have CM/GC in their tool box, and why every owner and contractor should be well versed in the CM/GC procurement language. We applaud ARTBA's efforts to present a forum to help build awareness of CM/GC within the contractor community, as well as the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) for publishing their Best Practices Guide for CMGC.

To date, 19 states have elected to pursue CM/GC as part of their EDC efforts. In most states, laws must be changed to enable CM/GC to become a part of the project delivery process. 8 States have already passed enabling legislation allowing the use of CM/GC, and several others are working toward that end. It is because of the growing consensus by States and their increasing rates of adoption of CM/GC that we can say that we are well on our way to achieving the goal of 100 highway construction projects using the CM/GC procurement method by December 2012.

Given the constraints on resources and the demands on state transportation agencies to address growing highway and bridge needs, we can't afford not to take advantage of every possible tool that can accelerate project delivery. It saves time, and time is money. It can reduce disruption to the traveling public, and commerce. CM/GC can leverage the expertise of the contractor earlier in the project delivery process, and together with owners we can incorporate more innovation into the delivery of construction projects.

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