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Benefits of Early Contractor Involvement

A traditional construction project will generally only involve the contractor once the designs have been finalised. An increasingly popular procurement model is to involve the contractor early in the design stage: Early Contractor Involvement (ECI). This allows them to assess the ‘buildability’ of a design and provide accurate construction costs in parallel with the initial concepts.

How does ECI work

Early contractor involvement (ECI) is more cost effective, more time efficient and increases transparency. This means there will be less variations during construction and shared responsibilities between contractor and designer.

Getting a contractor involved early can add value through increased input on major design and construction decisions.

As big advocates of ECI, our designers and builders collaborate throughout all stages of a project. This allows us to provide clients with early access to project information and helps forge a trusted relationship.

The benefits of ECI in short

The benefits of ECI are:

•          Saves time

•          Mitigates risks

•          Improves project performance

•          Cost effective

•          Increases transparency

•          Less variations during construction

•          Shared responsibilities

Setting up the project for success

Respondents in the study identified the most commonly achieved benefits using ECI within their projects were:

1.         Greater trust and understanding between client and contractor

2.         Better risk management

3.         Improved design quality.

4.         Reduced timeframe

Not only that, ECI broke down traditional adversarial relationship barriers, setting up projects for success.

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