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Benefits of Early Contractor Involvement

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 more transparent. This means there will be fewer variations during your construction project, as well as shared responsibilities between the contractor and the designer.

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

Dunstan Construction are 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 that it:

  • Saves time
  • Mitigates risks
  • Improves project performance
  • Creates cost efficiencies
  • Increases transparency
  • Minimises variations during construction
  • Shares the responsibilities between the contractor and the builder.

Setting up the project for success

At Dunstan Construction, we’ve found that ECI consistently creates better outcomes for our clients, including: 

  • Greater trust and understanding between client and contractor
  • Better risk management
  • Improved design quality
  • Reduced timeframe.

Not only that, ECI breaks down the barriers inherent in traditional adversarial relationships, setting up projects for success.

ECI is built into Dunstan Construction’ end-to-end project management for high-end residential construction projects, as well as commercial building, fit-out and refurbishment.

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