American Society of Civil Engineers


Procurement Routes in Public Building and Construction Projects


by Ola Lædre, Ph.D., (corresponding author), (Student, Norwegiain Univ. of Sci. and Technol., Fac. of Engrg. Sci. and Technol., Høgskoleringen 7A, N-7491 Trondheim, Norway E-mail: ola.laedre@ntnu.no), Kjell Austeng, (Assoc. Prof., Norwegian Univ. of Sci. and Technol., Fac. of Engrg. Sci. and Technol., Høgskoleringen 7A, N-7491 Trondheim, Norway. E-mail: kjell.austeng@ntnu.no), Tore I. Haugen, (Prof., Norwegian Univ. of Sci. and Technol., Fac. of Arch. and Fine Art, Alfred Getz vei 3, N-7491 Trondheim, Norway. E-mail: tore.haugen@ark.ntnu.no), and Ole Jonny Klakegg, (Res. Dir., Norwegian Univ. of Sci. and Technol., Res. Program Concept, Høgskoleringen 7A, N-7491 Trondheim, Norway. E-mail: ole.jonny.klakegg@ntnu.no)

Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, Vol. 132, No. 7, July 2006, pp. 689-696, (doi:  http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)0733-9364(2006)132:7(689))

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Document type: Journal Paper
Abstract: This paper deals with procurement routes in public building and construction projects in Norway. Seen from a practical point of view, as well as from a theoretical one, it is important to improve methods for selection of procurement procedure, contract model, and compensation formats. The paper objective is to find out if public owners select a procurement route according to recommended practice. The sources are literature, support material for two software tools for selection of the procurement route, and documentation from 22 public building and construction projects in Norway. According to the literature and the support material for the two software tools, the answer to what is the proper procurement route will depend on the characteristics of each project. The documentation study implies that public owners continue to select the same procurement route as they are in the habit of. They do not consider what procurement route suits each single project, and therefore they do not select the route according to recommended practice. The paper calls for innovation and better supported selection of the procurement route in public building and construction projects.


ASCE Subject Headings:
Commercial buildings
Compensation
Construction management
Contractors
Contracts
Design
Pricing