Water and Wastewater CMAR Projects Advance in Georgia

February 14, 2017 by

Porter-JoeThe Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) South Atlantic Chapter recently held an Owners Social event in Atlanta, Georgia, and I was pleased to participate on behalf of PC Construction.  Throughout the evening, I talked with individuals from school systems, development authorities, county and state governments, engineering firms, and general contracting companies. There was one common theme among them all – interest in the Construction Management at-Risk (CMAR) collaborative delivery method.

CMAR project delivery involves two separate contracts, integrated in support of the owner – one for engineering and one for construction manager at-risk. Typically, when the design is 30% complete, the CMAR firm becomes actively involved in the design process for the purpose of  constructability improvement. The CMAR firm works in tandem with the owners’ design engineer and provides preconstruction services such as constructability reviews, value engineering, estimating and scheduling at specific milestones in the design process. Then the CMAR firm assumes the role of general contractor, including procurement of subcontractors and vendors and full construction and commissioning.

While there are still a lot of questions about CMAR, and some uncertainties to overcome, it seems clear that increasingly more counties, cities and governmental agencies in Georgia are looking at this collaborative approach to solve their construction challenges. Two projects currently underway in Georgia, both being constructed by PC Construction, are excellent examples of how CMAR can produce exceptional results. The $300 million City of Atlanta Water Supply Program Phase 1 project and the $86 million Richland Creek Water Supply Program project in Paulding County are extensive projects with unique challenges that are thriving with the right combination of team collaboration and a shared commitment to the CMAR approach.