The Traditional Process
What is the traditional process?
Step 2 - Solicit construction bids
Search for and solicit bids for your plans prepared by your architect and engineers. Contractors price what is on the plans without consideration for best alternatives.
Step 3 - Review construction bids
Review of construction bids for completeness, comparison of pricing, qualifications, experience and pricing compared to budget. At this phase many times redesign begins with input from contractor to get project price to meet budget. This "value engineering" process takes time, cost resources and taks a chopping approach to get the project within budget.
Step 4 - Define final project scope and solicit new pricing
In this step, the owner has to solicit new prices from contractors for the "value engineered" version of the project. An added step in the process due to the lack of having the schedule and budget as key controls.
Step 5 - Select contractor
Now that the project has gotten adjusted and within budget the contractor must be hired in addition to the contracts with the architect, consultants and engineers. This can be overwhelming for many owners.
Step 6 - Start building and hope things go well
Now that the owner has assembled a team and contracted with each member it is essential that each of them works well together and performs well or the entire project can become a problem. If problems arise the owner has to referee and it usually costs both time and money. If a problem arises during or after construction who is responsible? "Not me" is the typical response, "it was someone elses' fault". Not a comforting feeling.
Why can the traditional process be difficult?