Delivery Methods, Tools and Strategies

As a project owner, your needs are unique. Your project’s timeframe, its budget constraints, your expertise and even your own level of availability for your team will help guide your choice of delivery method. Q&D is experienced in multiple methods of project delivery, with clear processes and well-honed tools to help at any stage of planning and construction to ensure your project is successful.



Construction Management at Risk (CMAR) delivery method provides a smoother, more manageable project with the greatest value for the client’s dollar. The CMAR approach allows public works agencies and other clients to get the benefit of critical feedback on costs, constructability, materials selection, quality and schedule from the construction manager during the preconstruction process. In this process, Q&D’s values truly align with our contractual obligations: to deliver a quality project to the client, providing the most value for the budget, and to build strong relationships in the process. There is no better method for controlling cost and keeping a design within budget than having a talented contractor on board as a partner and expert in all aspects of building – at the start of your project.


You may prefer design-assist if you want to harness the efficiency that comes with early design and construction collaboration, but you wish to supervise the architects, engineers and other consultants. In design-assist project delivery, the architect and engineers are under direct contract to the owner while key subcontractors—typically mechanical, electrical, plumbing and landscaping—are under contract for design and construction to the general contractor. These systems subcontractors represent a major portion of a project’s cost, so they can give the owner numerous pricing alternatives to help arrive at what represents the highest value for the owner. For example, an owner might want to invest in more efficient heating, cooling and lighting systems, which cost more money initially but save money over time by lowering energy costs and reducing system maintenance. The experts who design and also install and maintain those systems have a unique perspective to share with the team.


Many of our owners like design build delivery because it’s turn-key. The responsibility for completion dates, quality and costs are placed with a single entity: Q&D Construction. Like the “master builders” earlier times, our responsibilities span the entire building process. As a veteran design build organization, we combine strong management ability with experience in balancing good design with construction economy.

Q&D can request proposals from qualified consultants so an owner can opt for the firm they prefer. As design builder, we are still able to control the schedule and budget, because consultants are contractually responsible to the design-builder. Q&D has completed design-build projects for public agencies as well as for private clients like Champagne Family Dentistry and the owner of this off-the-grid custom home.


Q&D’s Heavy/Civil Group is bidding up to 9 projects a week to keep pace with a market of smaller yet challenging projects. It’s still the most popular form of delivery for public agencies, and we pride ourselves on leading the competition, especially on the gnarly jobs that involve tricky tie-ins, trenches under a river, complex reconstruction, or maze-like logistics. Q&D has also completed design-bid-build public works jobs as large as the award-winning Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center at the University of Nevada, Reno and as innovative as the Virginia Street Bridge.



Designers and engineers use Building Information Modeling tools (BIM) to produce construction drawings, producing a hyper-accurate, digital representation of the project’s detailed geometry and specific tolerances, rendered in three dimensions. Each element drawn in a BIM model is enhanced not only with additional dimensional and spatial information, but with specific details about its material, manufacture and finish. A very simple example is a door frame, which is drawn in 3 dimensions, will be tagged information about the hardware set, wall thickness, the door’s swing and paint color. This information can be easily queried to gather data quickly for estimating and scheduling. Q&D also uses BIM as a critical tool for enhanced coordination between building trades during preconstruction, also called “clash detection.”


Preconstruction gives you important early decision-making tools that complement the expertise of other project team members and inform the project goals. Q&D’s preconstruction process uses our layered, comprehensive set of estimating and planning tools in concert with established practices to provide support, decision-making information and guidance for our clients. We engage the subcontracting community with outreach and careful bid packages to get the best pricing on the guaranteed maximum price. Our focused, technology-based tools for construction field management include online project collaboration, BIM-integrated schedule management and project-specific zero-incident safety implementation.


Q&D helps you implement sustainability initiatives on your project by working as part of the project team to implement them into the design during preconstruction. For renovations, expansions and tenant improvements, Q&D and our subcontractors will operate under client and facility environmental initiatives, integrating them with our own programs for recycling, emissions reduction and use of green energy. Q&D provides accurate costs and life-cycle studies to help with decision-making, demonstrate the benefits of green initiatives and promote them to the community. On projects with formal certification objectives, Q&D follows through with accurate record keeping and regulatory reporting. Q&D also promotes stakeholder enthusiasm for green initiatives and works to generate new and innovative sustainability measures to benefit clients.