The construction manager at risk (CMAR) project delivery method has become increasingly popular in recent years, most notably in the public sector. Capturing the advantages of CMAR delivery and avoiding its pitfalls requires a full understanding of CMAR’s strengths and limitations. To this end, we offer CMAR Delivery Strategies, a detailed examination of CMAR pros and cons by highly experienced project management professionals.
After a comprehensive look at CMAR’s performance record and a frank exposition of common pitfalls, the authors introduce the concept of progressive CMAR delivery, an approach defined by a relationship of trust and confidence between the construction manager and the owner. Progressive CMAR delivery continues the PMA tradition of emphasis on reliable schedules, project controls, and risk mitigation, and lays out a specific seven-step strategy toward CMAR success. Using the progressive CMAR model, project owners are able to re-prioritize cost, achieve rigorous value optimization, and counter inherently higher cost tendencies with a shorter schedule, faster delivery, higher facility quality, and a minimal incidence of claims.
This incisive work is a must-read for project owners, project management professionals, and construction attorneys.