Design Builder Role Hierarchy

General Contracting (GC)

  • Sequential Design-Bid-Build process
  • Traditional project delivery method
  • Work awarded on competitive bid system
  • Owner contracts direct with architect, engineer and general contractor
  • GC contracts directly with subcontractors

​​​Construction Manager at Risk(CMAR)

  • Integrated project delivery method
  • ​Construction Manager(CM) works collaboratively with owner and Architect/Engineer(A/E) through all phases
  • ​CM contracts direct with owner
  • ​A/E contracts direct with owner
  • Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) established in design phase
  • ​CM selected based on performace and experience
  • ​Value analysis performed throughout design to ensure project stays on budget
  • ​Low owner time commitment
  • Schedule expedited through bid package phasing
  • Fewer change orders than GC(lumpsum) method


CMAR Role Hierarchy

Project Delivery Services


Our foundation is coordination and organization of all the project's contributors regardless of contracting method. Whether they are financiers, architects, engineers, trade or joint venture partners. Our coordination and organizing begins with understanding the needs of the owner - including design, functionality, dreams, cost and schedule. We continuously lead every participant in their efforts to meet those needs. The end result of our leadership is delivery of the facility, building or structure you want, on time and on budget.

Our abilities allow us to work within your prescribed delivery method, including those listed below, or we can recommend one to best suit your situation.


Project Delivery methods

​Design-Build(DB)

  • Integrated project delivery method
  • ​Comprehensive start to finish service
  • DB contracts direct with owner
  • DB hold all contracts (A/E, sub-contractors, suppliers, etc.)
  • Owner has one point of contact, DB
  • Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) established in design phase
  • ​Value analysis performed throughout design to ensure project stays on budget
  • Allows phased fast tracked construction
  • Fewer change orders than GC(lumpsum) method

General Contracting Role Hierarchy