Delivery Methods

RFC offers a menu selection of delivery methods to cater to your specific needs. We work with each client / customer to determine the best approach and work that method with them.

Best Value

Central to this approach is how the contractor will perform the work, not just his price. A best value award contract usually requires a contractor to provide a detailed technical plan that supports the overall project objectives in which the client assigns a value other than just low price. Other values may include past performance on similar work and expedited scheduling, innovative construction methods, safety experience, and commitment to other client objectives. Best value is more likely to demonstrate that the contractor fully understands the scope of work, environmental constraints, timelines, and other critical project success elements.

Engineer, Procure, and Construct

Engineer, Procure, and Construct (EPC) best suits lump sum turn key projects where the contractor is fully responsible for the construction of the project, and has direct contracts with the design engineer.

Early Contractor Involvement

Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) brings the contractor on board during the design phase to provide constructability input, realistic construction schedules and more accurate cost information for funding needs. The contractors’ knowledge and creativity can help improve the overall project outcome and effectively manage and reduce overall project costs for the client.

Design Build

This method provides a higher quality service to the owner than any other delivery method. With the builder being identified prior to project start date, extensive construction experience is integrated into the design at the onset of the project to help provide better scheduling and budgeting for the project. The objective is that owners’ concerns are fully addressed up front rather than after the construction begins.

Negotiated Fix

A negotiated-fixed-price contract provides for a price that is not subject to any adjustment on the basis of the contractor's cost experience in performing the contract. The cost is negotiated up front rather than based on just a low bid. This contract provides maximum incentive for the contractor to control costs and perform effectively and imposes a minimum administrative burden upon the contracting parties.

Unit Pricing

The client or owner pays a fixed sum for each completed unit of work. The work to be performed is broken into various parts, usually by construction trade, and a fixed price is established for each unit of work and the contractor is paid the agreed upon price, regardless of the actual cost to do the work.

Bid / Build

Known as a hard-bid, the contractor assumes all the known risks, and the contract provides for a price that is not subject to any adjustment, on the basis of the contractor's cost experience in performing the contract.

Time and Material

The contractor is paid on the basis of the actual cost of direct labor at specified hourly rates plus the actual costs of materials and equipment usage. The contractor and client agree upon a fixed add-on to cover the contractor's overhead and profit.

I can say that when RFC is selected as the contractor on one of our client's projects, we have a definite trust that the project will go smoothly and challenges will be met with the experience and decision making that is needed during construction.

Barbara J. DeLaMare, Vice-President / Principal, DeLaMareFulz Civil Engineering