Constructability in public sector

G. E. Gibson, C. I. McGinnis, W. S. Flanigan, J. E. Wood

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Constructability is defined as the optimum use of construction knowledge and experience in planning, design, procurement, and field operations to achieve overall project objectives. It should ideally be started early in the conceptual design phase of a project. Public sector owners, such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, have difficulty accessing private construction expertise early in a project life cycle due to Federal Acquisition Regulations. This paper outlines a case study using a contractor symposium to enhance constructability during early detailed design on a project in Texas. It briefly describes the Sargent Beach erosion control project on which the Constructability symposium technique was used. It then discusses the symposium process including its applicability, mechanics, and important considerations. The article then discusses the status of the project including actions taken as a result of the symposium. It concludes with a discussion of benefits, problems, and recommendations concerning this innovative technique.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)274-280
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Construction Engineering and Management
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1996
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Industrial relations
  • Strategy and Management


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