CM at risk provides the client with a delivery process very similar to design-build except for the contractual assignments. The CM should be brought on early enough in the design process so that budgeting and scheduling activities will have a positive impact on the outcome of the final product.

When Gamma is hired simultaneously or soon after the design team is brought on, budget feedback to the design team and cost estimating throughout design produces a project that satisfies the client's needs within the budget. Construction management is procured with one contract to the design team and another for the CM.