Delivery Methods

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We want to help you build a successful project - which begins first with choosing the right delivery method. Our collaborative approach brings all of the services you need into one, seamless process.

Choosing the Right Option

The project delivery method is one of the most important factors to consider when embarking on a new construction project. Several fundamental project considerations are directly impacted by the delivery method selected including risk allocation, the need to adhere to a realistic budget, a schedule that accurately represents the performance period, and the level of collaboration between contractor, designer and owner.

There are numerous types of delivery methods that Russell's qualified staff can provide to our Owners.

This is the most traditional delivery method, where the General Contractor is responsible for managing the construction's progress in relation to the design provided. Our on-site project coordination, disciplined communication and rapid response are the reasons why our construction process runs smoothly. We provide owners solutions and keep them posted weekly and monthly. Our full-time, on-site field team proactively works with our suppliers and subcontractors to manage site staff and general construction execution.

CMa is a method where the owner selects a design firm and a Construction Manager at the start of the project. Together with the owner, the CMa and designer work as agents of the owner to prepare a set of bidding documents from which specialty subcontractors propose their lowest price. Upon the receipt of the specialty subcontractors’ bids the owner enters into individual contracts with multiple subcontractors to deliver the project.

CMc is a method in which the Construction Manager acts as a consultant to the owner, starting at project development and design phases and assumes the risk for construction performance as the equivalent of a general contractor holding all trade subcontracts during the construction phase. Russell commits to a guaranteed price for the project, providing owners with the security of a construction cost that will not be exceeded. This method also offers the potential for clients to share in the savings should costs come in below the guaranteed price. Our open-book approach also gives our clients the ability to participate in the subcontractor buy-out process to the extent desired.

This delivery method guarantees clients a single-point of responsibility and the potential for rapid completion. On a design/build project, Russell is engaged by the owner prior to the start of design, and we assume the responsibility and risk for the services provided by our design professionals and consultants. Key benefits include an early project cost guarantee, a shorter overall project schedule and a reduced burden on our client’s resources. You can count on our expertise in this method gained through over 35 years of experience.

This linear delivery method is where the design team is selected separately and reports directly to the owner. Plans and specifications are completed by the architect and then bids are issued. Contractors bid the project exactly as it is designed with the lowest responsive bidder awarded the work. Although this may seem like the "safest and easiest" way to procure a project, there is an increased risk for change orders, owner time and resource requirements and a less collaborative relationship between contractor and designer.


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