How construction delivery methods affect your project

Clouse Construction’s project management utilizes industry standards and allows the adaptability to work within the construction delivery method that best suites the needs of any project.

Detailed below are four major delivery methods with their advantages and disadvantages.



The most traditional method used in most public bidding is a design-bid-build process. The owner hires an architect to create project specifications and design parameters for use in the bidding process. Clouse Construction as a general contractor will establish a price for the project based on these specifications before construction begins.

Having a single point of responsibility for construction can reduce complexity for projects. This delivery method complies with most public bidding policies.

Project timelines can be delayed in this process due to the time needed for bidding. Since the architect makes all the specification and design choices prior to Clouse’s involvement another disadvantage comes from re-design and change orders that in-turn require re-bidding. 

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The design-build method provides the owner with a streamlined approach to a construction project. Clouse Construction develops an economical, value engineered design utilizing its depth of experience and working relationships with architects and engineers. 

Design-Build methods are able meet more aggressive project timelines than the traditional design-bid-build method.

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Construction Management at Risk (CMr)

Based on our qualifications a guaranteed maximum price (GMP) will be set by Clouse Construction when using a construction management at risk method (CMAR, CM@Risk). Clouse as the construction manager works closely with the owner’s chosen architect to develop plans based on the GMP. Construction managers are responsible for balancing costs, schedule, quality, project scope, and managing subcontractor contracts. 

Owner risk is reduced when using a construction management at risk process. This also provides the best value for an owner’s budget.

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CM - Agency

A construction manager, also referred to as CMa or Pure CM, acts as an adviser to the owner through all aspects of a project. The CMa delivery method is best utilized for ongoing projects that have multiple locations and moving parts. Construction managers also manage competitive bids such as electrical, mechanical, plumbing, and framing on the owners behalf. Owner’s hold all subcontractor contracts effectively making them separate primes.

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