Most importantly, a comfort level and trust
are established early and are maintained throughout the project
by the close involvement of the three parties thereby insuring
a positive experience for all involved in a very important event
in each of their lives.
It is an "open book" process.
The owner, architect, & construction manager are involved
together from the start. All books are open to the owner for review
and comment at any time. The owner and architect participate along
with the CM in the subcontractor selection to insure that the
most qualified available representative for each trade is selected
based on agreed upon standards with considerations for cost and
The process is shorter. Because the owner,
the architect and the construction manager are working together,
the trades can begin working before the plans and documents need
to be finalized. (IE: site work contractors can be chosen and
start working on the project before the interior finish documents
need to be completed) Engineers necessary in developing a safe,
well-constructed structure (mechanical, electrical, plumbing &
structural) can be included in early development where needed.
Since all three entities are involved throughout
the process collaboratively, cost saving changes are suggested
and discussed early in the process and incorporated as necessary.
This reduces and sometimes eliminates the need for expensive change
orders during the actual construction.
Savings, since the contractor and architect
are working as members of the Project Team, savings achieved through
this process can be returned to the owner.