Program Management Approach
Construction begins before the design is completed in Fast-Track construction. Engineers and architects stay one step ahead of the builder, condensing the time required to complete the project. This process usually includes a professional construction manager (CM) to coordinate the work of the designers and builders. Accurate and complete preliminary planning, however, is necessary to reduce the likelihood of expensive changes during the process.
One objective for using nontraditional approaches to construction is to establish a fixed cost earlier in the project. This may be accomplished by moving up the time when the CM becomes a contractor. The design/build approach moves the contract to the front end of the project, where the contractor takes responsibility for all phases of the project for a fixed fee.