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Construction Delivery Systems: A Comparative Analysis of the Performance of Systems within School Districts

by Col Debella, David Murad

Abstract (Summary)
The delivery of a construction project is characterized by the participation of several individuals. Owner, architect / engineer, and contractor are the most important players of this process. The owners needs are expressed in plans and specifications created by the architect and physically performed by the contractor. Throughout the life of the project, there are contracts and several direct and indirect relationships among the players. The delivery system characterizes these aspects, from planning to controlling, of a construction project. Multiple prime is one type of delivery system that is the subject of many discussions in the industry. General contractors, architects and owners believe that this system inherently has coordination problems. On the other side, specialty contractors believe that this system has several advantages because of the exclusion of the middleman and the direct relationship of these contractors to the owner. The goal of this study is to objectively analyze the performance of construction delivery systems within public school districts. The districts in the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Virginia form the population of this study. Quantitative and qualitative measurements are used as the variables for comparison. ANOVA and two-sample t tests are used as statistical tools for the quantitative, and the Chi-Square test is used for the qualitative analysis. The data collected is divided into two different sets. The first set includes all the valid responses. The second set is limited to the analysis of projects greater than $ 10,000,000. A section with the descriptive statistics of litigation cases is also included in this study.
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Advisor:Dr. Kim Needy; Dr. Robert Ries; Dr. John Richards

School:University of Pittsburgh

School Location:USA - Pennsylvania

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:civil and environmental engineering

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Date of Publication:09/13/2004

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