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Project Delivery Methods

Dr. Kenneth Sands is both a Construction Management professional and a university professor in Construction Management. Learn about several kinds of project delivery methods, their varying degrees of cost, risk, and quality, and how the key roles involved on projects work together in each delivery method to achieve the best product possible.


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  • Spanish Subtitles Available

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  • 9 In-depth Lessons

  • Certificate of Completion

  • Practical Resources

Lesson Plan

9 Video Lessons · 34M

  • 1. Introduction

    Your instructor, Dr. Kenneth Sands, explains how project delivery methods set the overall tone of a project, as they help everyone involved understand their role, and how they also establish costs, risks, and the quality of the project.

  • 2. Design-Bid-Build

    Ken reviews one of the most linear project delivery methods, Design-Bid-Build (DBB). Learn about each phase of DBB, how the bidding process typically works, the kinds of contracts that are involved, and the varying levels of risk associated with each phase.

  • 3. Agency CM

    The Agency Construction Management project delivery method is one part of a larger construction management project delivery method in which the owner has a direct relationship with the Agency CM firm. Learn about the collaborative nature between the owner and CM, how the contract is generally structured, and how this method can lower risk but entail higher costs.

  • 4. At-Risk CM

    The Construction Management-At-Risk (CMAR) delivery method combines aspects of the Design-Bid-Build and the Agency CM project delivery methods. Learn about the contract structure and why risk and cost are generally higher.

  • 5. Design-Build

    Ken reviews Design-Build, a project delivery method that is becoming more popular among project management teams today because of its negotiative and flexible nature. Learn about the lump sum contracts typically involved, and why risk is generally lower and the cost is higher.

  • 6. Integrated

    An Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) combines all of the project’s working relationships— the owner, design team, builder, etc.—into a single unit, meaning all of these entities are contractually obligated to one another. Learn about the IPD’s high-risk-reward nature and its generally high cost.

  • 7. Project Delivery Methods: Wrap Up

    While delivery methods create frameworks, the reality is: All projects are unique. Ken reviews how understanding the contract and staying organized will keep the process smooth, regardless of the delivery method used.

  • 8. Selecting a Project Delivery Method

    Ultimately, it’s up to the owner to decide which project delivery method to use. Ken gives various examples of trade-offs an owner has to consider, and what circumstances a method may or may not fit.

  • 9. Conclusion

    Understanding various project delivery systems is crucial for bidding successfully and providing proper services on a project—and will serve you should you be in the position to select your own delivery method to prepare a construction project.

Who it's for: This course is designed for construction professionals interested in learning about the fundamentals of different delivery methods used for project execution, and for any project owner wanting to know how to select the right approach before the design phase begins.

Key Topics

  • What is a project delivery method?

  • Design-Build

  • Design-Bid-Build

  • Agency Construction Management

  • Construction Management-At-Risk (CMAR)

  • Integrated Project Delivery

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