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Syblon Reid is committed to both project success and partnering with our clients. We truly value the collaborative process and listen to our clients to gain a full understanding of their needs. All projects are not equal. That’s why we offer a variety of delivery methods tailored to suit the specific needs of each project.
Our commitment and approach to client success
Through teamwork, Syblon Reid’s goal is to build trust with our clients from day one through project completion. It has always been our objective to partner with our clients to get them the best value for their construction dollar. How a project will be designed and constructed, or the “project delivery method,” is one of the most important decisions made by an owner seeking to undertake a construction project.
Several fundamental project considerations are directly impacted by the delivery method selected. These considerations include the need to adhere to a realistic budget, a schedule that accurately presents the performance period, a responsive and efficient design process that leads to a quality set of contract documents, and a thorough assessment of risk followed by the proper allocation of risk by the owner.
We offer a wide variety of
delivery methods to ensure
your project is successful.
Each of the project delivery methods described below under “Partnering Services” carries a different level of risk for the owner. Generally, the level of control retained by the owner correlates with the level of risk, and those levels typically have an inverse relationship to the risk and control levels of the contractor.
No single delivery method is right for every project. For each situation, there will be advantages and disadvantages in the use of a specific method. The owner needs to carefully assess its particular project requirements, goals, and potential challenges and select a delivery method that offers the best opportunity for success.
A best value award contract usually requires the contractor to provide a detailed technical plan that supports the overall project objectives in which the client assigns a value other than just low price. Other values may include past performance on similar work, knowledge of the specifications, expedited scheduling, and knowledge of agency compliance, innovative construction methods, safety experience, and commitment to other client objectives such as minority business enterprise goals. There is a deliberate focus on how the contractor will perform the work not just his price. Best value is more likely to assure the client that the contractor fully understands the scope of work, environmental constraints, timelines, and other critical project success elements. Syblon Reid has received several “Best Value” awards in the past few years.
The Engineer-Procure-Construct (EPC) project delivery method lends itself more to lump sum turnkey projects where the engineer is fully responsible for construction of the project. This means the design engineer has direct contracts with the contractor. Syblon Reid is well positioned to support this type of delivery method.
Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) /Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR)
Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) / Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) is an innovative contracting method similar to EPC that is used now by some owners. In this method, the contractor is brought on board during the design phase to provide constructability input, realistic construction schedules and more accurate cost information for funding needs.
Syblon Reid has used the “Design Build” delivery method on multiple projects in the past decade. The design build project delivery method provides a higher quality service to the owner than any other delivery method. With the builder being identified prior to project start date, years of construction experience is integrated into the design at the onset of the project. By performing phase analysis, value engineering and cost estimating early in the planning stages, provides better scheduling and budgeting for the project. Overall project schedules are shortened by early identification and procurement of long lead time materials and services. Regular planned interface meetings with the client’s personnel and the design / construction team during the design phase of the project, insures that owner concerns are fully addressed up front rather than after the construction begins.
Negotiated Fixed Price
Similar to the Bid Build delivery method, a firm-fixed-price contract provides for a price that is not subject to any adjustment on the basis of the contractor’s cost experience in performing the contract. The main difference is that the cost is negotiated rather than just low bid. This contract type places upon the contractor maximum risk and full responsibility for all costs and resulting profit or loss. It provides maximum incentive for the contractor to control costs and perform effectively and imposes a minimum administrative burden upon the contracting parties. The contracting officer may use a firm-fixed-price contract in conjunction with an award-fee incentive and performance or delivery incentives when the award fee or incentive is based solely on factors other than cost. The contract type remains firm-fixed-price when used with these incentives.
Although not often used, Syblon Reid has experience with this delivery method. The client or owner pays a fixed sum for each completed unit of work. The work to be performed is broken into various parts, usually by construction trade, and a fixed price is established for each unit of work. In a unit price contract, like a lump sum contract, the contractor is paid the agreed upon price, regardless of the actual cost to do the work. Time and Cost Risk are shared. The owner is at risk for total quantities and the contractor is at risk for his fixed unit price. Large quantity changes (>15 – 25%) can lead to increase or decrease in unit prices.
For more than 55 years, the majority of our work has been awarded on a hard-bid. Syblon Reid readily accepts this type of work were the contractor assumes all the known risks. We have highly trained estimating staff that are skilled at evaluating bid specifications and drawings and planning the work as well as estimating costs.
Time & Material
In this arrangement the contractor is paid on the basis of the actual cost of direct labor at specified hourly rates plus the actual costs of materials and equipment usage. The contractor and client agree upon a fixed add-on to cover the contractor’s overhead and profit. Syblon Reid has used this contract delivery method most effectively on emergency response projects, where the full scope of the work is undefined.