Choosing School Construction Systems
By Randy Parent
Public contracting law has long required school districts to award construction contracts based on competitive bidding, known as the “design-bid-build” project delivery method. However, in recent years most states have passed laws permitting alternative project delivery systems.
The project delivery system defines the legal and contractual relationships and the roles and responsibilities among all parties involved -- the owner/school district, the design team, and the contractor. It also establishes the sequence of activities required to build a facility.
School districts commonly use three types of project delivery systems for public construction projects. Here are some of the benefits and risks of each.
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