Synthesis of Information Related to Highway Problems. Topic 40-02. Construction Manager-at-Risk Project Delivery for Highway Programs

Construction Manager-at-Risk (CMR) (also termed Construction Manger/General Contractor CM/GC in several states' enabling legislation) project delivery is an integrated team approach to the planning, design and construction of a project, to control time and cost and to assure quality for the project owner. The team consists of the owner, the architect/engineer and the CMR. A Construction Manager-at-Risk contract includes pre-construction and construction services. The CMR is selected about the same time as the architect/engineer. The CMR is the owner's agent during planning and design, representing the interests of the owner in all phases of the project, including constructability reviews, cost engineering reviews, value engineering, and work package development. As the owner retains the responsibility for the design, the loss of design control seen in design-build contracting is eliminated and as the CMR does not establish a guaranteed maximum price (GMP) until the design is nearly complete, the issue of excessive contingencies for risks inherent to scope creep in the design process is also reduced. The CMR warrants to the owner that the project will be built at a price not to exceed the GMP. The CMR thus assumes the risk of meeting the GMP by holding all of the subcontracts. After design is complete, the CMR acts as the general contractor during the construction phase of the project. Several state DOTs have experimented with CMR project delivery. These include Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, and Utah. California is looking at CMR as a potential project delivery method and has a consultant conducting a study of the method. CMR is widely used in both the transit and airport industries as well as in the building construction industry where it first evolved. Several transit megaprojects in Utah and Oregon have been successfully delivered using CMR. The purpose of this synthesis is to review the nation's experience in CMR project delivery both in transportation and in other construction industry sectors and develop a foundation of knowledge of the key factors for successful CMR project delivery.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $35000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-05, Topic

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Synthesis

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Staba, Gail

  • Principal Investigators:

    Shane, Jennifer

    Gransberg, Douglas

  • Start Date: 20081001
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20100501
  • Source Data: RiP Project 18046

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01464462
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Cooperative Highway Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-05, Topic
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:43PM