This issue paper discusses principles of good management of construction and some options Georgia may use in the future to manage school construction and control costs. The paper begins by providing some background on common forms of construction management and delivery. Then the paper discusses principles of good contracts. The background section concludes with some information on factors that influence the cost of construction once the design is complete and background on construction materials. The next section of the paper, Current Conditions, looks at what school systems and the state are doing related to construction. The third section of the paper highlights specific findings about the construction process and the current state activities related to school construction. In the final section of the paper, various alternatives are presented related to construction materials and techniques, costs of construction, construction management and delivery, and contractual issues that could improve school construction in the state of Georgia.
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