THE PARTIES TO CONSTRUCTION-RELATED PRIME CONTRACTS. Construction-related prime contracts involve owners, architect/engineers, construction managers, and construction contractors.
Construction-related prime contracts involve owners, architect/engineers, construction
managers, and construction contractors.
The owner typicallycontracts with one of the others, depending on the particular purpose to be accomplished by thecontract.
Architect/engineers (A/Es) are entities that typicallydesign projects, prepare drawings and specifications for the construction contract,and in some instances perform field inspection services and administration of theconstruction contract. Architectural Firms and engineering firms provide similartypes of services.
The difference between them is that architects deal with residential,commercial, and institutional buildings, whereas engineering companies dealwith engineered structures such as highways, dams, bridges, tunnels, and heavyindustrial buildings and structures. Prime contracts between owners and architectsare called owner-architect contracts, whereas such contracts with engineers arecalledowner-engineercontracts.
Construction managers (CMs) are distinctly different entities from A/Es, theirrole
is to manage the construction aspects of a project on behalf of the owner, usually as
the owner's agent. A prime contract between an owner and a construction manager
is called an Owner-CM contract.
Thefourth and final construction-related prime contract party is the construction
contractor, the actual builder who determines the means, methods, techniques,
sequence, and procedures and directs the actual construction operations. Contracts
between owners and construction contractors are called owner-contractor contracts.
according to the requirements of the drawings and specifications.
Again,"only" is used to distinguish pure construction contracts from
Hybridform of contract has become prominent, where the contractualservices of design only and construct only contracts areincorporated into design/construct
ordesign-build contracts. In this form of contract,the architectural or engineering design work, creation of the drawings andspecifications, and actual construction work are all performed by a single entity.
party that has complete responsibility. A number of companies furnish complete
design-construct services using their own forces. Other companies market
design/constructservices as joint ventures or by using a subcontract to provide
part of therequired services.
performs virtually every task required to produce a finished, functioning facility.
permits and licenses and procuring and delivering all permanent machinery or
equipment that may be involved. It would not be unusual for an owner who had
contracted on a design-construct basis for a complete hydroelectric power station
to furnish the turbines, generators. transformers, and switchgear, requiring the
contractor to design and construct the balance of the facility (including furnishing
all other necessary equipment and materials) around this owner-procured
Fixed-price, competitively bid contracts are comprised of certain, fairly typical documents
Themajor categories of mostcontracts of this type consist of the following list:
• Bidding documents, consisting of the "Invitation to Bid," the "Instructions
to Bidders," and the "Bid Form"
• General Conditions of Contract
• Reports of investigations of physical conditions
Some contracts may not contain allof these categories but, with the exception ofone-of-a-kind contracts, none is likely to contain material that won't logically fit intooneoranother.