I feel I understand both Bridged project delivery and Construction Manager at Risk, however, if I were asked what the explicit differences are between the two methods, I feel my understanding would fall apart.
Here is my general understanding of both methods:
Construction Manager @ Risk - A construction manager is contracted directly with the Owner. The CM@R is brought on as early as possible and will be responsible for constructing the project when the time comes. They assist the Owner's contracted Architect by assessing constructability, providing cost estimates, etc. They seek bids from subcontractors. They issue a guaranteed max price.
Bridged Project Delivery - A contractor is contracted directly with the Owner. The contractor then contracts with an A/E team. They assist the Owner's contracted Architect during the design stage in developing the Bridging Contract Documents (BCDs) which are used for design/build entities to submit a bid.
Is my understanding correct that the only difference is in Bridged, the construction responsibilities are passed off to a different entity entirely after the project is bid?
Also, why can't Bridged Project Delivery seek bids from General Contractors (rather than Design/Build entities) since the majority of the design work has been executed? Is the only reason that Bridging Contract Documents are more in the realm of DDs and official CDs aren't used in the bidding process?
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