Fast Track



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    Rabeea Alkhazraji


    there are many controversy about fast track and many conversation back and forth in this regard, specially in bootcamp where almost everyone was agreeing about fast track as a scheduling method - AHPP refer it to some occasions as a project delivery- but still some caveat if its really project delivery or schedule method - from my studying from many resources beside AHPP, its about handling multiple bid packages and could work with any project delivery method, such as CMC, etc.

    may be someone else can be helpful for this information - but I would say if the owner has no experience with handling construction project, he may hire someone like construction manager to handle multiple bid packages, like foundation, super structure, MEP system, etc.. and acting as a main contractor to control over all other contracts with fast tracking the construction schedule, especially if the owner has tight schedule or ask to finish the project within time limit.



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    Rebekka O'Melia (Edited )

    I'd say it's a project delivery type.

    Some the design is still being resolved while the construction has already commenced.  For example while the steel is being erected and built by a contractor that just does steel framing, the designer may still be working on the cds for the interior finishes and a separate contractor will be hired to do finish work.  It does mean the architect is issuing various bid sets.

    Many clients build very similar (or identical) projects all over the country, so it's not as difficult for them to accomplish fast-tracking. The topic is covered in AHPP.  I would not listen to other exam candidates definitions without verifying the topic in source materials.

    Hope this helps.

    Rebekka O'Melia, Registered Architect, NCARB, B. Arch, M. Ed, Step UP,  Step UP ARE 5.0 Courses

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    Matthew Bowers

    Fast track is not limited to a multi-prime (multi-contractor) approach. A single contractor may be responsible for the entire project - only that the drawings are released in packages to expedite the construction process. It's used in instances where schedule has the greatest importance...for example, a school needing to be completed by the start of the upcoming semester, or a stadium/arena needing to be ready by the start of the season.

    Also, fast track is not a form of design-build, as design-build is identified by a single contractual relationship between owner and design-build entity. Fast track can be used with any number of contractual schemes, but is most often discussed in concert with CMc within the source materials.

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