Evaluating PCM Firm Potential and Performance

by Clyde B. Tatum, (M.ASCE), Sr. Resident Engr.; Ebasco Services Inc., Elma, Wash.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Construction Division, 1979, Vol. 105, Issue 3, Pg. 239-251

Document Type: Journal Paper


A set of criteria for evaluating the potential and performance of professional construction management firms is proposed. Based on the work of the ASCE Committee on PCM, these criteria relate to a task list of PCM services. The criteria, both subjective and objective, cover each of the five phases of most construction projects. Following suggestion of criteria, a methodology for PCM evaluation is presented. This methodology includes defining the extent of evaluation required, obtaining the necessary information, and performing the evaluation. Both selection of a PCM firm for a future project and evaluating a PCM on an active project are addressed. Practical application of the criteria defined, in both selection and evaluation, is reviewed.

Subject Headings: Construction management | Construction companies

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