Delivery Methods

General Contracting

 A sequential design-bid-build process, typically delivered under a lump-sum or cost-reimbursable contract, is the traditional method of project delivery, especially for the public sector, where work is awarded to a construction company according to a competitive bidding system.

 The client retains an architect or engineer to design the project and to prepare the necessary drawings and specifications. After the architect/engineer completes the drawings and issues them for pricing, the client selects the general contractor through a sole source or a competitive bid process.


 This method appeals to clients who have the resources and construction experience necessary to independently contract with the architect or engineer and general contractor. While it requires a longer schedule, you maintain greater project control, and may benefit from the reduced risk that is inherent in other project delivery methods.

 As the general contractor, S.E.M. CONSTRUCTION provides a confirmed price–after design is complete and before construction begins. S.E.M. CONSTRUCTION executes the project and generally assumes the risk of cost overruns based on clearly defined budget and scope parameters.

Construction Management

 Under a Construction Management contract, the client secures the services of a construction manager to work with the design team and, depending on the client’s needs, with trade contractors and suppliers.

 This early collaboration promotes effective project coordination and communication from the start, creating an environment for success. S.E.M is a flexible construction company that will operate under various contract types and fee structures (e.g., cost plus, guaranteed maximum price, percentage fee, and fixed fee) to meet the client’s needs.


 As construction manager, S.E.M. CONSTRUCTION applies its knowledge of construction costs, schedule, and market trends to help ensure the project is executed within your fiscal guidelines. S.E.M. CONSTRUCTION’s goal is to value engineer projects to find alternative construction methods and materials that will result in quality enhancements, serviceability, and life cycle improvements.

 S.E.M. CONSTRUCTION provides advice on all or part of the project cost, minimizing the risk associated with having an incomplete scope of work during pre-construction. The final cost, however, remains with you, as all project costs are typically reimbursable.


 Clients select a design-build arrangement when they want to work with one contract entity, instead of several contractors and consultants. As the design-builder, S.E.M. CONSTRUCTION provides comprehensive design and construction services through one point of contact. By bringing all project team members together in the design phase, the construction design-build approach helps foster a more successful partnership.


 Drawing on the team’s combined expertise, S.E.M. CONSTRUCTION addresses project design and building construction requirements, within the budget and schedule parameters, resulting in less potential for project escalation. Also, S.E.M. CONSTRUCTION can implement a fast-track approach, starting construction before the total design is complete. This is important if you require the delivery of a cost-effective, quality facility on a reduced schedule.