Collaborative Project Delivery (CPD) methods, such as design-build, progressive design-build, and construction management at-risk, can offer a means to deliver a project faster than traditional design-bid-build. CPD methods can offer significant overall schedule reduction since the contractor and engineer collaborate early in the project, instead of the contractor taking over the design to implement once completed. The type of delivery model selected has different contracting methods, risks, and potential control for the owner. CPD is not right for every project, but there are many projects where it can offer significant advantages.
With COVID-19, owners are looking for alternative ways to deliver their projects more efficiently and cost effectively. There are advantages and disadvantages to every delivery method, including traditional design-bid-build. The project delivery selection process is dependent upon a number of factors such as time constraints, risk tolerance, level of owner control and collaboration, budget and cost issues, project complexity, cash flow and funding constraints, and even internal job creation. With a good understanding of overall project objectives, budget, and schedule requirements in the procurement process, an owner can achieve great success.
CPD can be the fastest way to deliver your project if it is structured properly. Reach out to your clients and potential contracting partners to see if CPD can be a solution to project acceleration and a potential means to being shovel ready and suitable for government stimulus funding.
Stantec’s mission is to be the preferred designer to our construction partners by constantly delivering innovative solutions and high-quality/on-time design deliverables. Stantec is in a unique position to serve the CPD market because we have the resources to provide almost all services in house, from permitting to commissioning. Many of our contracting partners have recognized our benefit as a teaming partner, and in some cases have formed strategic partnerships with us.