Delivery Methods

Nationwide. We Deliver.

Following are the methods by which we deliver projects nationwide.

INTEGRATED PROJECT DELIVERY

AutoBuilders uses Integrated Project Delivery as a collaborative delivery approach to its projects. The system seeks to align the interests, objectives and practices of the team members. Typically, team members include the Owner, Owner’s representative, architect, general contractor, all building and civil engineers, fabricators and subcontractors.

Integrated Project Delivery combines ideas from integrated practice and lean construction to solve challenges associated with low productivity and waste, time overruns, quality issues and conflicts during construction among the key stakeholders, usually the Owner, architect and contractor. With the growing use of building information modeling, construction projects now encompass far better information collaboration between project participants using Integrated Project Delivery.

Many variations of Integrated Project Delivery can be structured for construction projects. The primary focus remains the final value delivered for the Owner and the finished project. Rather than each participant exclusively focusing on their part of the construction or design without understanding and considering the implications on the entire process, the Integrated Project Delivery method puts all the team members together early to collaborate and maximize value for the Owner.

COMPETITIVE BID

Often referred to as Design/Bid/Build, this method is the one with which most Owners are familiar. It is a linear process where one task follows completion of another with no overlap possible. The architect completes plans and specifications, and then bids are issued. Contractors bid the project exactly as it is designed with the lowest responsible, responsive bidder awarded the work. The design consultant team is selected separately and reports directly to the Owner.

CONSTRUCTION MANAGER AT RISK

Construction Manager at Risk allows the Owner to interview and select a fee-based firm, based upon qualifications and experience, before the design and bidding documents are fully completed. The construction manager and design team work together to develop and estimate the design. A stipulated sum or guaranteed maximum price is provided by the Construction Manager. The Construction Manager then receives proposals and awards subcontracts to subcontractors. The final construction price is the sum of the Construction Manager’s fee, overhead and general conditions and the subcontractors’ proposals. An Owner contingency is typically established and any unused contingency at the end of the project reverts to the Owner. The design consultant team is selected separately and reports directly to the Owner.

DESIGN/BUILD

The contractor and architect are one entity hired by the Owner to deliver a complete project. A stipulated sum or guaranteed maximum price (GMP) is provided by the D/B team early in the project, based upon design criteria established by the client and a moderately developed design by the architect. The contractor/architect then develop drawings that fulfill the criteria and complete the design, while staying below the furnished contract price. The contractor then receives proposals from and awards subcontracts to subcontractors.

COST PLUS A FEE

The contractor is interviewed and selected based upon qualifications and experience before the design and bidding documents are fully completed. A construction fee and general conditions are negotiated up front. The contractor and design team work together to develop and estimate the design. The contractor obtains competitive subcontractor pricing for each construction division. All bids are shared with Owner on an “open book” basis. The Owner pays all direct costs plus the contractor’s fee and receives 100% of all project savings.

Regardless of the delivery method, our method is nationwide, we deliver.