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8 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Project-Delivery Method

Posted by Admin on Thu, Sep 04, 2014 @ 11:02 AM

water-infrastructureWhen it comes to water and wastewater infrastructure projects, more and more owners are reporting quality project results that are both on schedule and within budget. The common denominator? Collaborative project-delivery methods. But for decision makers, choosing the best project-delivery method can be challenging – every project is different.

In order to select the best project-delivery method, here are the questions you need to consider:

  1. Do state and local regulations allow the use of design-build and/or construction management-at-risk?
    The first step, and likely the most important, is to determine which of the design-build or CMAR delivery methods are legally permitted in your state or jurisdiction for water and wastewater infrastructure projects. 

  2. What are the priorities, project goals and objectives driving the decision-making process?
    It’s the overall goal of an owner to choose a delivery method that results in the completion of a high-quality facility in a timely manner, but trade-offs pertaining to project scope, schedule, quality and cost are inevitable.
  3. How involved do owners want or need to be during the design and construction of the project?
    Owners often what to participate in the design process, but the desired level of involvement will vary from project to project, as well as person to person.
  4. Will additional outside support, assistance, consultancy or project management resources be needed? If so, in what specific areas?
    Project owners and decision-makers are in the best position to determine whether or not they need bring in outside expertise.
  5. Is it necessary to select the site and purchase property prior to procuring design-build or CMAR services?
    The project site has significant impact on decisions made regarding design, construction and associated project costs. That’s why it’s a good idea to select a construction site prior to procuring design-build or CMAR services.
  6. What permits or regulatory approvals will be required, and who will be responsible for securing those approvals?
    The permitting process is always a significant project requirement and schedule driver. Securing as many of the necessary documents as possible prior to initiating the procurement process will help to mitigate potential impacts on project schedule and scope.
  7. Is adequate funding available to complete this project on schedule?
    Developing a project cost estimate that is both thorough and accurate is an essential part of the planning process.
  8. Which delivery method is best suited to satisfying these decision-making factors?
    Answering this final question requires taking into consideration knowledge about delivery methods, as well as the core stages involved in implementing a water or wastewater infrastructure project evaluated against the project’s priorities.

Choosing the best delivery method is a big decision that takes time and careful consideration. In fact, it can be as crucial to the success of a project as choosing the best service provider. Fortunately, leaders in the water and waste water industry have developed a number of project-delivery methods to meet a variety of needs, and legislative and regulatory bodies are increasingly supportive of them.

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