General Contracting

General Contracting is a project delivery method in which an Owner issues a complete set of construction drawings developed by an architect to interested construction firms. The general contractors then develop pricing for the cost of materials, labor, equipment, insurance and other factors associated with that specific project. In order to develop their pricing, general contractors reach out to subcontractors and solicit bids for the various components of the project (e.g. concrete or structural steel). Once bids are received from the subcontractors, they are evaluated by the general contractor to ensure the entire scope of the project is accounted for. Finally, one comprehensive bid is submitted to the Owner. After all bids are received from the participating general contractors, the Owner (and oftentimes the architect) reviews each of the bids for completeness and the lowest responsible bidder is awarded the contract for the construction of the project.

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