Project Delivery For Governmental Entities
September 1, 2001
Legislature through Senate Bill No. 510 authorized
certain Governmental Entities to utilize several different
methods for the procurement of certain facility construction
contracts. (Local Government Code 252.022, 252.043, 262.023;
as described in Subchapter H, Chapter 271.)
5B510 defines a “Governmental Entity” only as a city county or
river authority. (Local Government Code-271.111(10)).
5B510 defines a “Facility” as buildings, the design and
construction of which are governed by accepted building codes.
The term does not include:
highways, roads, streets, bridges, utilities, water supply
projects, water plants, wastewater plants, water and
wastewater distribution or conveyance facilities, wharves,
docks, airport runways and taxiways, drainage projects, or
related types of projects associated with civil engineering
buildings or structures that are incidental to projects that are
primarily civil engineering construction projects
The statute provides specific definition of each delivery
method, and the process and procedures for procurement.
Construction, however, is a complex process wherein many
variables affect the final outcome. The drive by industry and
owners to deliver projects faster, spend less money, improve
quality, reduce litigation and create less conflict has com-
pounded this complexity. As Governmental Entities deliberate
which project delivery method provides “best value,” a number
of factors must be evaluated.
There is no single “best” method.
Each delivery method has certain advantages and disadvantages.
It is not the intent of this document to endorse any specific
method, but to provide a better understanding of the most
common delivery methods including basic definitions, relative
merits and limitations of each method, insight to the typical
issues inherent in each method and recommend procurement