Priority 5

    Common Delivery Method Assessment Tool for Owners

    Priority 5

    Chairs: Andrew Sharman, Tracy Allen

    Desired Outcomes:

    • Research and compose an assessment tool to assist owners in deciding which delivery method is best suited for their individual projects
    • Assist smaller owners to move forward with new and more collaborative delivery methods
    • Engage in broader discussions related to risk, project lifecycle decision points and legislation
    • Provide project examples, case studies, direct owner contact information to align owners to best practices


    The aim of this document is to provide a tool to educate the full spectrum of the construction industry from the buyers of construction (owners - including decision makers) through all of those who contribute to a construction project (consultants, general contractors, sub-contractors, suppliers and manufacturers).

    It is not designed to be rigid and although these are 5 main delivery methods, all have hybrid approaches. This is designed to be a 'living' document and will be an iterative process as experiences, understanding, technology, and approaches evolve. Regardless of the delivery methodology, we must all commit to increased collaboration in order to improve outcomes.

    Moving the Needle: It is important that the buyers of construction clearly articulate the outcome they want to achieve from a project and ensure that this is translated and maintained at all stages of the project, regardless of the delivery method in use. It is also critical that the value proposition or the value to be added to the operator/end user of the infrastructure is clear as this will drive the up front investment in engineering and design and the ultimate construction and operating costs, and ultimately the project outcome.

    Equally as important is enabling innovation in the delivery process as well as maintaining flexibility in the approach in order to get the best project outcome. Finally, it must be accepted that a project is about 'risk and reward' for all parties involved in delivering infrastructure and that the private sector must make a profit to stay in business.

    Identification of Project Delivery Model (PDM): Early selection of the PDM allows effective early design decisions that affect final project and ongoing operating costs. It also facilitates selecting the project staff and early determination of design effort/resource loading, scheduling and budgeting and will lead to appropriate engagement from project teams. Early selection also facilitates the incorporation of PDM risk allocation into the cost estimate.

    When selecting the optimal PDM, consideration needs to be given to the desired outcome such as the best value or alternatively the funds available, whether there is a critical schedule or the overall timeline requirements for the project including key milestones. Finally, achieving the best quality and maximum scope within the limitations of cost, schedule and other project limits will drive the selection of the PDM.

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    Design-Bid-Build (DBB)

    Design-Bid-Build (DBB)

    Design-Build (DB)

    Design Bid (DB)

    Construction Management (CM)

    Construction Management (CM)

    Integrated Project Delivery (IPD)

    Integrated Project  Delivery (IPD)

    Public-Private Partnership (P3)

    Public Private Partnership (P3)

    Support / Reference Material