Project Delivery Methods


This course is offered in partnership with MTCopeland.  This course is designed for construction professionals interested in learning about the fundamentals of different delivery methods used for project execution, and for any project owner wanting to know how to select the right approach before the design phase begins.  With over 100,000 satisfied students and a course catalog of over 1,000 classes, we are here to help you – Invest in Yourself.



Dr. Kenneth S. Sands II is an Assistant Professor in the Construction Management Program at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, FL, and an experienced construction management professional. He holds a doctorate in Environmental Design and Planning from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. He’s also worked as an estimator and project manager, with previous experience in purchasing, buyout and project site supervision. Dr. Sands’s passion for the construction industry was inspired by his father’s work as a carpenter.

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Course Description

Learn about several kinds of project delivery methods, their varying degrees of cost, risk, and quality, and how the key roles involved on projects work together in each delivery method to achieve the best product possible.

Course Outline

Introduction – Your instructor, Dr. Kenneth Sands, explains how project delivery methods set the overall tone of a project, as they help everyone involved understand their role, and how they also establish costs, risks, and the quality of the project.

Design-Bid-Build – Ken reviews one of the most linear project delivery methods, Design-Bid-Build (DBB). Learn about each phase of DBB, how the bidding process typically works, the kinds of contracts that are involved, and the varying levels of risk associated with each phase.

 Agency CM – The Agency Construction Management project delivery method is one part of a larger construction management project delivery method in which the owner has a direct relationship with the Agency CM firm. Learn about the collaborative nature between the owner and CM, how the contract is generally structured, and how this method can lower risk but entail higher costs.

At-Risk CM – The Construction Management-At-Risk (CMAR) delivery method combines aspects of the Design-Bid-Build and the Agency CM project delivery methods. Learn about the contract structure and why risk and cost are generally higher.

Design-Build – Ken reviews Design-Build, a project delivery method that is becoming more popular among project management teams today because of its negotiative and flexible nature. Learn about the lump sum contracts typically involved, and why risk is generally lower and the cost is higher.

Integrated – An Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) combines all of the project’s working relationships— the owner, design team, builder, etc.—into a single unit, meaning all of these entities are contractually obligated to one another. Learn about the IPD’s high-risk-reward nature and its generally high cost.

Project Delivery Methods: Wrap Up – While delivery methods create frameworks, the reality is: All projects are unique. Ken reviews how understanding the contract and staying organized will keep the process smooth, regardless of the delivery method used.

Selecting a Project Delivery Method – Ultimately, it’s up to the owner to decide which project delivery method to use. Ken gives various examples of trade-offs an owner has to consider, and what circumstances a method may or may not fit.

Conclusion – Understanding various project delivery systems is crucial for bidding successfully and providing proper services on a project—and will serve you should you be in the position to select your own delivery method to prepare a construction project.

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