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Client and Contractor's roles and responsibilities in a M&E Design and Build contract

Most people thinks that design and build are reserved for mega projects and are not sure whether smaller projects such as a small factory fit-out project qualifies for a M&E design and build approach. In Alsys, we have completed many of such projects on a M&E design and build arrangement. However, it is important that the client is aware and capable of performing their roles.


In a M&E design-and-build contract, the client has several important roles, including:

  1. Defining the project scope: The client is responsible for clearly defining the project scope, including the goals and objectives of the project and the specific requirements for the design and construction.

  2. Approving the design: The client is responsible for reviewing and approving the design proposed by the design-and-build contractor, including any changes or revisions.

  3. Providing feedback: The client is responsible for providing feedback on the design and construction progress, including any issues or concerns that arise.

  4. Approving the budget: The client is responsible for reviewing and approving the budget for the project, including any changes or revisions.

  5. Managing communications: The client is responsible for managing communications between the design-and-build contractor and any other stakeholders, such as engineers, architects, and building inspectors.

  6. Managing and approving payments: The client is responsible for making payments to the design-and-build contractor and approving any invoices or change orders.

  7. Accepting the project: The client is responsible for accepting the project once it is completed, and ensuring that all requirements have been met and all defects have been corrected.

It's important for the client to be actively involved in the design and construction process, providing clear communication and prompt feedback to the design-and-build contractor, to ensure that the project is completed according to the client's needs and expectations.


In a M&E design-and-build contract, the contractor has several important roles, including:

  1. Designing the project: The contractor is responsible for designing the project according to the client's requirements and goals, and for obtaining any necessary approvals and permits.

  2. Managing the construction: The contractor is responsible for managing the construction of the project, including scheduling, coordination, and supervision of the work.

  3. Providing a cost estimate: The contractor is responsible for providing a cost estimate for the project, including any changes or revisions.

  4. Managing the budget: The contractor is responsible for managing the project budget, including any changes or revisions, and for providing regular financial reports to the client.

  5. Hiring subcontractors: The contractor is responsible for hiring any subcontractors needed for the project and for managing their work.

  6. Complying with safety and building codes: The contractor is responsible for complying with all safety and building codes, and for obtaining any necessary inspections and approvals.

  7. Completing the project on time: The contractor is responsible for completing the project on time, and for ensuring that the project is completed according to the client's requirements and expectations.

  8. Managing the warranty period: The contractor is responsible for managing the warranty period, ensuring that any defects are corrected promptly and that the client is satisfied with the work.

It's important for the contractor to effectively manage the design and construction process, providing clear communication and regular progress reports to the client, to ensure that the project is completed on time, within budget and to the client's satisfaction.



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