Since our beginning in 1930, PS West Construction Co., Inc. has successfully completed thousands of contracts without contract failure. These contracts have been completed using various delivery methods.
With every delivery system we offer for the construction process, there are three key parties involved: the owner, the designer/architect and the constructor. Though the roles played by and relationships between these parties differs with each contract delivery system, there are some basic, unchanging responsibilities for which each party is responsible.
Owners decide the scope of work, establish the program (what is to be built), determine the budget and desired schedule and provide sufficient funding.
Designers/Architects guide the program process through drawings and specifications, work with engineers and local officials to provide approved construction documents and advise and assist the owner in selecting products or services.
Constructors provide input for construction means and methods, cost information, schedule durations and quality issues and oversee the construction process.
A design-build contract combines design and construction quality, cost, and schedule into a single point of responsibility. Design-build contracts foster partnering between team members, which in turn adds value to a project. This single point of responsibility also helps the design-build team avoid potential adversarial relationships that could arise under traditional, design-bid-build contracts.
Construction manager contracts can be written with different levels of risk, depending on the owner's desired scope of service. In agency construction management agreements, the construction manager assumes the role of agent to the owner and administers the work for the owner. Under this agreement, the owner contracts directly with the trade contractors. In at-risk construction management agreements, the construction manager begins as an agency construction manager for the preconstruction phase of the project. Prior to construction, the construction manager assumes the risk for delivering the project. With an at-risk agreement, the construction manager contracts directly with all trade contractors.