The use of project delivery methods other than design-bid-build in the construction industry are sometimes referred to as alternative project delivery methods (APDMs). Jim discusses the fact that the use of APDMs is growing throughout the world. Owners, designers, architects, engineers, general contractors, and builders see and report successes in the use of APDM when they are managed and applied correctly.
- When I put this course together, I did a pretty good search of the literature and studies floating around out there that discuss changes in project delivery methods in the construction industry. I found several common themes. One is that there really seems to be an agreement among many of the major players in the industry that things do need to change in the way construction projects are delivered. And the other common theme seems to be in agreement that one of the major changes that would benefit construction projects is better integration of the contractor into the overall team.
I found a great research paper published out of RMIT University in Australia titled The Use Of Early Contractor Involvement In Different Countries. This paper and its sources document current trends in Australia, the U.K., the Netherlands, New Zealand, and Sweden, as well as the U.S. I also researched project delivery methods in China that used similar concepts. There are different terms applied in these different countries, but the industry in all of these countries seems to be working towards that concept of early contractor involvement in the construction process, and all of them seem to report some level of success.
Now back here closer to home, state and local municipalities are documenting great success with methods other than just design-bid-build when they're properly managed and applied to the correct projects. The university where I taught construction management has been using the CM At Risk method of project delivery almost exclusively in the construction of its new facilities. Throughout this course, I've talked a lot about how the choice of project delivery methods affects the owner and the contractor.
So as we start to wrap things up, let's get an architect's viewpoint on the effects of these alternative project delivery methods. - So, under the integrated project delivery method, the contractor is at the table with the architects, with the engineers, with the owner, from the very beginning, and they have a stake at it. They're selected just like other professionals through a qualifications based. It's not based on fees any longer. And they're there to help the team, and they provide a number of things. Cost estimating, quality control on the documents, constructibility, and so they're another expert, another voice at the design table with us.
And over the 15 years that we've been using that process for public projects, here it's been amazing to watch the quality and the professionalism of the contractors rise to take advantage, and honestly the projects are better, the outcomes for the owners are better, the value that they get for their money is better. It's been really fantastic to watch. And it was something that the architects honestly fought at the very beginning. They were afraid they were going to lose control, and what they found is, is that they have another partner at the table, and they're able to deliver their services more efficiently and at a higher quality.
- I really believe that this all points to a future where I predict that the use of project delivery methods that embrace and leverage the concept of early contractor involvement will continue to grow. And today's construction management professional needs to be ready to adapt to these changes.
- Payment and procurement methods
- The design-bid-build method
- The design-build method
- Construction manager at risk (CMAR)
- Integrated project delivery (IPD)
- Selecting a project delivery method
- Procurement laws
- Delivering the best value to the owner
- Qualifications-based selection
- Changes in the way you are paid