Professional CM: The Architect-Engineer's Viewpoint

by Clyde B. Tatum, (M.ASCE), Sr. Resident Engr.; Ebasco Services, Inc., Elma, Wash.,
George T. Harper, Manager; Support Services, Burns and Roe, Inc., Paramus, N.J.,
George M. Gans, (M.ASCE), Dir.; Construction Div., Burns and Roe, Inc., Paramus, N.J.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Construction Division, 1980, Vol. 106, Issue 2, Pg. 141-153

Document Type: Journal Paper

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Abstract: The professional construction management form of organization is gaining increased usage because of distinct advantages offered on certain types of projects. The paper examines the viewpoint of the architect/engineer serving as a member of the CM team under this delivery system. The role of the A/E, including differences in A/E performance as contrasted with the traditional form of project organization, is considered in detail. Key A/E tasks during each phase of the project are identified. Elements of effective A/E performance, including responsiveness, responsibility, field organization, and design documents are analyzed. The writers conclude that the potential benefits of this project delivery system can be best realized by a precise definition of the A/E role. The A/E must be both aware of differences in performance under this system and receptive to construction input from the CM. Practical application of the concepts presented from the A/E viewpoint lies in avoidance of common problems on CM projects and the full support of the PCM team.

Subject Headings: Business organizations | Architect/Engineers | Professional societies | Project delivery | Terminology and definition |

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