CMA launches its design-build offering for contractors in KSA

02 May 2024 2 min. read

Jordan-headquartered Construction Management Associates (CMA) has launched its design-build management offering for contractors in the Saudi market.

Design-build is a method of project delivery where a design-build contractor works under a single contract with the project owner to provide design and construction services. Often, the project owner first engages an architect for the concept design, and then separately engages the design-builder to complete the design and construct the project.

The design-build management offering from CMA supports contractors in managing the design portion of their projects, freeing up contractors to focus more resources on the construction portion of their projects.

CMA launches its design-build offering for contractors in KSA

“Managing the design process is a challenging undertaking, even for experienced contractors. They already face challenging construction schedules, and the addition of a design burden significantly increases the pressure to deliver both design and construction at a speed and quality that is satisfactory to highly ambitious owners,” said Isam Saad Sahawneh, Founder and CEO of Construction Management Associates.

The offering provides a turnkey solution to support design-build contractors in the management of the design process and the design subconsultants.

According to research cited by CMA, design-build projects are significantly faster (more than twice as fast) to deliver, and cost less than traditional design-bid-build projects. The approach also improves cost and schedule certainty.

Sahawneh said that CMA has already gained extensive experience with design-build projects in Jordan and neighboring countries. “We are excited to finally offer a similar service for contractors in Saudi Arabia, where the number of design-build projects is growing rapidly.”

The rise in the number of design-build projects is due to a number of factors, including the need to ramp up construction volumes in order to meet the ambitious Saudi Vision 2030 plan, and to mitigate project risks and delays.