Archive for the ‘Bridging 101’ Category

My View On The Owner’s Posture For Purchasing Construction

In using Bridging or any other project delivery method I have always contended that program managers and architects should focus first on the Owner’s posture for purchasing construction.  In my view, virtually all construction Owners fall into one of two different categories: Owners who may prudently rely upon relationships in the procurement of construction. Owners […]

Bridging Method Phases 5 & 6

CONCLUDING WITH THE 5TH AND 6TH PHASES OF CARRYING OUT A PROJECT BY THE BRIDGING METHOD. Phase 5. At this point the Owner has the right to terminate the contract without cause by payment of the amount due to the contractor for completion of the CD’s. If the Owner chooses to proceed, the Contractor authorizes […]

Bridging Method Phase 4

Phase 4. During the preparation of the Construction Documents (“CD”) phase the Contractor’s AE completes all detailed engineering design and specifications. Any remaining details of the architectural and site development design are completed in accordance with all applicable codes and fully coordinated these documents. The ODC reviews these documents for full and complete compliance with […]

Bridging Method Phase 3

PHASE 3 : THE RECEIPT OF BIDS FOR OR NEGOTIATION OF THE DESIGN-BUILD FORM OF CONTRACT Phase 3. With the BCDs as the “bidding” documents (see Article 4), the Owner can obtain competitive bids or negotiate with a single selected Contractor for a design-build form of construction contract. This contract price is fully enforceable, with […]

Bridging Method Phase 2

PHASE 2 OF CARRYING OUT A PROJECT BY THE BRIDGING METHOD IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT AND SETS THE METHOD APART FROM OTHER METHODS Phase 2. Design work and specifying done in this phase are referred to as the preparation of the Bridging Contract Documents (BCDs) and involve the ODC developing all important and critical aspects of […]

Bridging Method Phase 1

FIRST DESIGN PHASE IN THE BRIDGING METHOD OF CONSTRUCTION PROJECT DELIVERY Phase 1. The design work and documents prepared in this phase are the same in every respect in both the traditional Design-Bid-Build and the Bridging methods. Prior to this phase, in both methods, the Owner will have selected the design architect, whether an individual, […]

How Does Bridging Work?

I’ve been asked if I can boil the Bridging method down into a short narrative description. Basically, Bridging is a hybrid of the traditional Design-Bid-Build method and the Design-Build method that retains the best features of both in terms of the Owner’s best interests and eliminates the aspects of those two delivery methods that often […]

How Is a Bridging Project Organized?

Before we get into the nuts and bolts of the Bridging method we should understand the arrangements between all the parties in a Bridging program. Consulting the diagram above, any well run project of any size will have either an internal or external contract Program Manager who is technically and managerially competent, and to whom […]

Welcome to the Bridging Method Blog

Hello, I’m George Heery and I’d like to welcome you to The Bridging Method Blog; an online resource for the Bridging method of construction project delivery. The intent of this site is to foster discussion among owners and industry professionals about the Bridging method and the details that make Bridging work well for project owners. […]