There are three distinct options to selecting a General Contractor that should be considered with every construction project.
This method, also known as NEGOTIATED, is used when a project has unique challenges such as the physical logistics of the project, compressed schedule or hard finish dates and budget considerations. This method brings the GC on board early in the design, to provide the input and identify the means and methods to progress through the project to meet the owner’s goals.
This method is when the Architect and Contractor are considered one entity to the owner. The GC holds the contract directly with the owner. This method is typically used when the owner has a project with aggressive schedule and is looking for a turnkey package that provides a seamless, one-point of contact for their project.
In this scenario, the GC is brought on board after the design phase. Typically, construction documents are issued, then a proposal (BID) is received from the GC and a selection is made. This is a good scenario if the project design is straightforward and the schedule is not as much of a concern as the project price.