Case Study: Marion Independent School - Frances Marion Intermediate Renovations

Case Study Summary

Frances Marion additions & renovations project was originally going to be bid using CM Agency. Marion Independent School decided to bid using the traditional General Contractor.

The low and accepted using Design-Bid-Build bid was $131,000 under the revised budget.

If a construction manager was involved, the Marion Independent School District would have paid an additional $708,000.

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Design-Bid-Build was under the Revised Budget
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Using Design-Bid-Build money was saved in CM Fees

CM Agency vs. Design-Bid-Build

The CM budget was $5,059,000 with an additional $708,000 in CM Fees for a total of $5,767,000. This budget was created in May of 2021 before major construction inflation hit the United States economy.

The Marion Independent School District bid the Frances Marion project on February 2, 2022 using the traditional Design-Bid-Build approach. They increased the construction budget to $5,500,000. to cover construction inflation. They received 8 complete bids ranging from $5,369,000 to $6,307,000.

Conclusion

Using the Design-Bid-Build, they chose the lowest bid which resulted in saving the owner $839,000.