Hybrid construction frequently asked questions
Q: ISN’T HYBRID CONSTRUCTION JUST CUTTING SCOPE AND CALLING IT SAVINGS?
A: Cutting scope to meet a budget is not a ‘savings,’ it is ‘cost avoidance.’ Savings achieved from the hybrid project delivery methodology result from reduced costs associated with project schedule/duration, project soft costs, reducing risks, eliminating the threat of change orders, and the inherent procurement advantages of design-build.
Q: DOESN’T THE GESA PROCESS SPEND ALL OUR MONEY ABOVE THE CEILINGS, BEHIND THE WALLS, AND BELOW THE FLOORS? THUS, ELIMINATING ARCHITECTURAL ITEMS AND DETAILS?
A: NO. A school district can accomplish the same scope of work under hybrid project delivery methodology as it can under a traditional feasibility study-led approach on facility addition/renovation projects. In fact, the benefits of using a Guaranteed Energy Savings Act (GESA) project in combination with traditional procurement methodologies are project cost reductions related to the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing scopes of work – which can result in MORE money allocated toward architectural scopes of work.
Q: WHO LEADS THE HYBRID PROCESS?
A: There are many ways a hybrid building program can be led. However, Reynolds has found that the best project outcomes occur with a collaborative effort among the district personnel and the project team (typically, architect, construction manager, and ESCO).
Q: HOW CAN A CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULE BE EXPEDITED UNDER HYBRID CONSTRUCTION METHODOLOGY?
A: Improved scheduling results from or when…
- The mitigation of change order exposure to only the publicly-bid portion of the construction program. [Note: The change order approval process results in both construction delays and additional project overruns, thus eliminating the threat of change order = more efficient construction schedule.]
- Clarifications to the design can be addressed in the field—an expeditious outcome when compared to design-bid-build.
- The ESCo as a single prime contractor can authoritatively develop, manage, and maintain the construction schedule.
- The utilization of a condensed design development schedule inherent in the design/build process.
- Reynolds provides professional pre-construction services as part of your hybrid building program.
Q: BECAUSE MULTIPLE PROCUREMENT METHODS ARE BEING USED, IS THIS PROCESS CONFUSING, BURDENSOME, AND/OR DOES IT EXPOSE THE DISTRICT TO ADDITIONAL RISK?
A: No. A properly planned and executed hybrid project will be significantly less burdensome on the district and will reduce the risk. This process is seamless if the district employees or project professionals are experienced in hybrid methodology. It is important that your ESCo contractor has experience in many aspects of school construction, including:
- Construction management
- Mechanical, electrical, and plumbing design engineering
- Building commissioning
- Energy services