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John Doller, P.E., Senior Vice President, Carollo Engineers

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Does an Owner's Advisor Ever Assume the Role of a Construction Manager on a Design-Build Project?

Posted by John Doller, P.E., Senior Vice President, Carollo Engineers on Fri, Sep 29, 2017 @ 09:30 AM

It’s important to first define what we mean by "construction management (CM)." In the water industry, the term CM has become synonymous with what are truly construction administration (CA) services, where the owner employs the OA to be the quality assurance agent for the project. Construction management is the responsibility and the job of the design-build (DB) team. In essence, the DB team retains the responsibility for managing the construction phase of the project and has responsibility for the overall quality control (QC) of that work. An owner's advisor (OA) working as a representative of the owner as a CA has the responsibility for quality assurance (QA). This includes traditional activities such as payment administration, critical contract submittal and shop drawing reviews for compliance to the contract documents, interpretation of the contract documents, inspection of the work, etc.

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