Construction Management At-Risk Services

  • November 11, 2017

Construction Management At-Risk Services

The Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) is a delivery method by which we make a commitment to deliver the project within a Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) which is based on the construction documents and specifications at the time of the GMP plus any reasonably inferred items or tasks. We provide professional services and act as a consultant to you in the design development and construction phases. We also provide some of the actual construction of the project depending on the needs of the project. As your representative, we manage and control construction costs to not exceed the GMP because contractually any costs exceeding the GMP that are not change orders are our financial liability.

We will give you a GMP prior to bidding the project.  By giving you the GMP prior to bids, we assume the risk of bids coming in higher as we are contractually bound to deliver the project per the plans and specifications and any additional allowances as defined in our GMP.

Benefits to You:

  • A higher level of cost control from the start. A successful CMAR project would involve hiring us prior to the architect and having us help select the architect. During the design process, we would provide cost estimates at contractually established points. If these cost estimates are in line with the established budget, the architect then moves on to the next phase of design. If not, collectively we assess the cost estimate and make design changes to bring the design back into budget alignment. This process ensures budget success.
  • We are your advocates and manage the project with your best interest in mind at all times.
  • We take on the burden of managing and coordinating the project.
  • Your risk is limited by the CMAR process providing the construction documents are complete and proper allowances and contingencies are built into the GMP.
  • Since we are at risk and gives the GMP prior to bid, we do not have to select the low bid. Generally the thorough prequalification process minimizes the number of low bidders that get disqualified and generally leads to lower long term costs, higher quality, and fewer claims because only pre-qualified contractors are performing work.
  • CMAR services are professional services like architectural, engineering, surveying, etc.

The CMAR’s main purpose is not to construct the project, but to manage the construction of the project. This management focus adds much value to the project.

“We Offer a Guaranteed Maximum Price” (GMP)