Alternative Project Delivery

Wagman is a fourth generation family-owned contractor providing general construction, heavy civil construction and geotechnical construction services throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southern Regions.

Hard bid keeps pencils sharp and compares apples to apples... most of the time. But it doesn’t always allow for the innovation and value engineering that full service firms like Wagman have to offer. As a partner, Wagman can streamline processes and provide valuable input during the design phase which can significantly reduce project cost and schedule.

Raymondskill Creek Bridge in Pike County, PAWagman has partnered to complete the design and construction of over $1 billion in transportation projects.

The Design-Build partnering process allows more input and innovation from the contractor during a project’s design phase. The Design-Build method often decreases the project duration and cost because crews do not have to wait until the design is finalized before beginning construction. The partnering process allows for open communication, proactive issue resolution and more opportunities for collaborative innovation. It is also more conducive for environmentally sensitive projects. Wagman has earned national recognition and awards for complex and environmentally sensitive projects.

However, there are several more project delivery methods to choose from, and Wagman understands that this can sometimes be a difficult decision for project owners. Wagman will assist owners in selecting the most appropriate and effective delivery method by considering Budget/Bylaws; Construction Sophistication of the Owner/Owner’s Representative; and Timeframe to Complete the Project.

Homewood at Plum Creek Independent Living Apartments and Community Center85% of general construction projects for Wagman Construction use a negotiate contract delivery (CM “at Risk” or Design-Build) because owners understand the value of working as a team.

Wagman is available to present the positives and negatives of each delivery method to Owners, Board of Directors, or Committees as an educational tool to aid in the selection of the most effective process. If you have questions about which delivery method is most appropriate for your next project, please contact Wagman for a no-obligation consultation.

With over $500 million in bonding capacity, innovative engineering experience and a large fleet of heavy equipment, Wagman is well positioned to manage and self-perform complex projects, and partners with other firms, to ensure the successful outcome on every job. Wagman’s local resources and knowledge of the Mid-Atlantic area, combined with decades of experience working with owners, contractors and designers provides our clients with a valuable resource. This expertise also provides us with a competitive advantage as a team member.

“Your presentation was thorough, informative, but simple to understand. It was a big help to us as we began to sort through the complexities of Design-Build versus Design-Bid-Build process.”

Phyllis Baum, Pastor Hayshire United Church Of Christ

On a Design-Build project, Wagman re-engineered the geotechnical construction portion of the project and saved the owner $2 million.


Wagman provides project owners with the advantages and disadvantages of these most frequently used delivery methods to select the best delivery method for their project:

  • Alternate Bid
  • Design-Bid-Build
  • Design-Build
  • Construction Manager At Risk
  • Construction Manager Agency