The owner contracts with a designer to prepare construction documents to define the project. Once the design is complete the project is let out for “bid” to one or more constructors. The owner awards the contract to a constructor to build the project. Permitting can be handled prior to or simultaneous with bidding if done by the owner or designer, or after the bid if done by the constructor. This arrangement allows an owner to secure competitive bids, and is most successful when the constructor(s) work well in a team environment, maintain project quality and are priced competitively. This is the most traditional project delivery method and the way in which most public projects are done.
- The owner has complete control of the project’s design
- Construction contract is based on a competitive bid
- The project is bid from complete construction documents
- The most common type of delivery method