General Construction, also known as Lump Sum Contracting, is a more traditional approach to construction in which the plans and specifications are completed before bids are requested from the general contractors (GC). The design is typically “frozen” and detailed without the benefit of construction information on cost, schedule impact, or constructability.
Typically, the general contractor (GC) is responsible for all phases of work, including the plumbing, heating and air conditioning, electrical, etc., and hires subcontractors to perform the trade work. The general contractor (GC) is responsible for coordination and scheduling of the various building trades. During the construction phase, the owner may hire an administrator or agent to review pay requests, review the project’s progress, and manage the scope of work changes.
This approach is recommended on projects where the owner wants more control over materials used and overall design of the project. Having separate design and construction contracts also provides the owner with a construction-knowledgeable party, like the designer, to monitor compliance and assurance.
When this method is appropriate, Dugan & Meyers is available to discuss variations in this approach. Even though our expertise is better served during the design phase, we provide an assuring level of quality as a general contractor.