PjM NCARB Practice Exam - Question 4 Answer

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    Michael Ermann

    There are three flavors of CM: -advisor, -agent, and -constructor …and only in the last option is the CM also the builder…in all three, the CM comes into the project early and assists the architect and owner in issues related to budget, scheduling, bidding, and buildability…with CM as advisor and CM as agent delivery, there is both a construction manager and a separate

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    Yifan Tao

    Hi Michael, thanks for your input. It looks like perhaps you didn't finish your thought there; I assume you were going to say "and a separate GC?"

    I understand the CM advisor would make sense and I was actually leaning towards that option at first until I reread the question and saw that it mentioned IPD, in which case a GC would be hired at the onset of design to assist the A and O; so I eliminated the CM option based on that.

    I guess I'm just overall a little frustrated by the wording on a question like this, and this might be more of a question to NCARB, but what sort of reasoning would one need in order to get to the answer where both a GC and CM should be hired based on the available information? The rationale given under the "correct responses" section is even written exactly the same for both GC and CM.

    I hope the actual exam would be more clear cut as people have noted in other posts. 

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    Michael Ermann

    Good point

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