By Government Contracts Editorial Staff
A proposed rule would amend the General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation to adopt an additional project delivery method for construction, construction manager as constructor. The rule would revise sections of GSAR Part 536, Construction and Architect-Engineer Contracts, and corresponding clauses in GSAR Part 552, Solicitation Provisions and Contract Clauses, to incorporate CMC contracting, which is an industry best practice readily used in the private sector for construction. This delivery method engages the construction contractor during the design phase of the project and establishes a ceiling on the eventual construction price before construction documents are prepared. Currently, the Federal Acquisition Regulation and the GSAR lack detailed coverage differentiating various construction project delivery methods. The rule contains centralized guidance that eases the burden for understanding and executing CMC construction contracts and ensures consistent application of construction project principles across GSA. In addition, integrating these requirements into the GSAR will allow industry to provide public comments through the rulemaking process. Comments on this proposed rule are due by January 7, 2019. For the text of the rule, see ¶70,033.92.
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