Contributed By McGuireWoods LLP
Responsibility for design and construction often depends largely on the financing available to the owner, the owner’s past experience and relative risk attitude, the timeframe for completion of the project, and the contractor involved in any particular project. Such issues can involve the owner contracting with an architect, who is responsible for design, who can then subcontract with engineers and other design professionals as needed. Separately, the owner would contract with a general contractor independently, who is responsible for construction. Alternatively, owners can employee a construction manager or issue design-build contracts.