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Architect:
Construction Manager:
Design-Builder:
Engineer(s):
General Contractor:
Subcontractor:
Vendor:

Architect:
The Architect serves as visionary, creator, coordinator and communicator of the project's design and construction documents that describe the design to be constructed. The drawings, specifications and other construction documentation are prepared by the Architect and then are administered by the Architect during construction. Observing the progress of the work and processing changes, requests for payments and a variety of other approvals and reviews are a part of the Architect's responsibility. Architects may also provide pre-design services, planning, programming, interior design and post construction services. As the primary design professional on a project, the Architect assumes professional responsibility for coordinating all of the design decisions in the project.

The term "Architect" is a professional designation. An Architect is required to pass a standardized licensing test and to be licensed by each state in which the Architect practices. Architects are educated in the fundamental aspects of mechanical, electrical and fire protection systems and may be capable of providing designs for these systems in small or straightforward projects. However, it is common for most Architects to engage, as consultants, professional engineers to design these systems


 

Construction Manager:
This entity is responsible for the management of the construction-related elements of the project for the owner including advice and recommendations during the pre-design, design and construction. The Construction Manager typically does not self-perform any of the work. Construction Management may be stated as that group of management activities over and above normal architectural and engineering services related to a construction program, carried out during the conceptual planning, pre-design, design and construction phases that contribute to the control of time, cost and quality in construction.


 

Design-Builder:
This is a single entity who provides the architecture, engineering and construction of a space or building. Although the Contractor and the Architect may be related in a variety of ways, the most commonly found relationships are: The Contractor may have his/her own in-house design capability with Architects and Engineers on the payroll; the Architect can be a corporate affiliate or subsidiary of the Contractor; or the Contractor and Architect, both independent firms, can form a joint venture for the project or contract.


 

Engineer(s):
This identifies the entity who will provide technical design drawings and specifications for elements of the work, most typically in the Structural, Fire Protection, Plumbing, Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning and Electrical disciplines. The Architect usually engages these entities.


 

General Contractor:
The distinctive function of the General (or prime) Contractor is to coordinate and direct the activities of the various parties and agencies involved with the construction and to assume full, centralized responsibility for the delivery of the finished project within the specified time.


 

Subcontractor:
This identifies a single entity who provides both labor and material to perform a particular element of work or trade item for the project. The Subcontractor will have a contract with the Prime Contractor (or Construction Manager or Design-Builder as the case may be).


 

Vendor:
The Vendor is a provider of a material being incorporated into the project. A Vendor provides material only (no on-site labor) and will have a purchase order with the Prime Contractor (or Construction Manager or Design-Builder as the case may be).

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