GBCA supports the General Contractors Association of Pennsylvania’s (GCAP) efforts to have Pennsylvania’s state legislators update the Separations Act of 1913. Jon O’Brien, the Executive Director of GCAP, recently published an op-ed informing the public of how this Act is adding costs to construction projects in the state.
From the Philadelphia Inquirer:
[T]he Separations Act forces the public owner, like the state-related universities, to serve as the general contractor for a project, and each of the multiple primes contracts directly to the public owner. Without a single entity directing the project and with plenty of finger-pointing, this is an inefficient contract delivery method fraught with problems such as delays and claims, which are the norms and culprits leading to public projects being over budget. …
It’s time to modernize the Separations Act by affording our public sector a list of proven delivery methods to select from. Construction is not a one-size-fits-all industry, and there is no perfect delivery method. A construction client’s priorities (i.e., cost, quality, time, safety, etc.) vary from project to project, and the customer should be allowed the opportunity to select the most appropriate delivery method for a particular project on a case-by-case basis.