Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Engineering Management


Department of Systems Engineering and Management

First Advisor

Tay Johannes, PhD


Construction management at risk is a project delivery method that sees widespread use in the private and public non-federal construction sectors. There is interest in the federal government of using a project delivery method such as construction management at risk. However, guiding regulations prohibit the federal government from using it as it is utilized in the private sector. This research analyzes private sector use of construction management at risk through a literature review and Delphi Panel, in order to determine its effects on project performance. The Delphi Panel consisted of two rounds of questions; the experts were selected through a peer-nomination process. Statistical analysis revealed the experts generally preferred design-build over construction management at risk, and construction management at risk over design-bid-build. Contextual analysis revealed advantages and disadvantages to using construction management at risk. The Air Force can utilize construction management at risk or a construction management at risk-like project delivery method if the project is accomplished with the Air Force Civil Engineer Center as the construction agent. There is a growing trend of desire to move towards a construction management at risk-like project delivery method in the federal sector.

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