Because the terms and practices related to construction project delivery can sometimes be confusing, the Associated General Contractors of America has released a “Project Delivery Systems for Construction” textbook.
The textbook addresses the confusion by distinguishing management methods, including program management and agency construction management, from delivery methods, which include design-bid-build, design-build, and CM at-Risk. The book also covers financing, operations and maintenance issues.
“There is only one certainty in the world of project delivery and that is the fact that everyone operates with their set of definitions and understanding of the concepts,” said Stephen Sandherr, chief executive of AGC. “AGC’s textbook seeks to provide a framework for the discussion of these issues and bring the industry closer to common understanding of construction project delivery and related procurement issues.”
AGC hopes the textbook will be used in the construction industry as well as in construction-related education. The 180-page textbook is available for $89 at www.agc.org/bookstore.