Commercial Construction Delivery Options.

When discussing new commercial construction projects, there are various methods used for determining how the project will be developed. Engen Contracting works with our clients to determine the optimal method for each specific project. Whether it’s a negotiated or hard-dollar competitive bid, we fully understand the bidding process and can offer solid numbers based on a clear understanding of job scope.

Negotiated Contract

ECI has worked with many of our clients for years on repeat commercial construction projects. In this instance, negotiated contracts allows for early involvement in the front end planning stage, providing time and cost savings by removing the bidding process. Our partners have the confidence of working with a supplier they already know and trust with results they can count on.



Design-Build is a construction delivery method that provides owners with a single point of contact for both the design and construction phases of a project. Using this method, ECI routinely holds single-source responsibility and contractual risk for every aspect of the build — from estimation, assessments and pre-construction to architecture, schematics, engineering, subcontracting, construction and post-construction. We manage all contracts required for the project including sub-contractors, equipment vendors and materials providers on behalf of our clients.

GMP (Guaranteed Maximum Price)

ECI has developed a variety of projects using the GMP model, with great results. This method reduces risk for our clients while encouraging our teams to bring the project in at the best value. This includes recommending alternate materials or techniques, where appropriate, while not compromising the end product. The client is more closely involved which can be structured to allow them to share in the benefits of cost savings during the building process.


Construction Manager at Risk (CM at Risk)

The CM at Risk is a commercial construction delivery approach in which ECI acts as the Owner's advocate during the pre-development phase, taking the burden off the client in managing and coordinating the project while always keeping their best interests in mind. Using this approach, the ECI team helps select the architect and provides cost estimates throughout the architectural process, which helps keep the budget in alignment and provides a higher level of cost control from the start.

Stipulated Sum

A majority of ECI commercial construction projects have been developed using the Stipulated Sum model. The stipulated sum contract shifts all liability for costs from the client to the contractor, with final payment at the completion of the agreement. Our clients partner with ECI to interpret and execute their goals and this method allows the flexibility to deliver.


Traditional Bid

The traditional bid method for commercial construction consists of the appointment of a designer on one side and the appointment of a contractor on the other side. The Owner must manage two separate contracts, effectively becoming a middleman, which can sometimes lead to project challenges for things occurring outside their control. The construction and design teams are placed more into an inherited role which may not allow for the opportunity to work as closely together as when utilizing other methods. This method has withstood the test of time and has historically delivered many successful projects and is widely used in this industry.

Open Studio Architecture

Our experience working with Engen Contracting, Inc. for the past 6 years has been excellent. They bring key construction knowledge and outstanding management to each project. ... We have teamed up on multiple successful projects. Engen Contracting’s approach to a project brings a great value not only to our client, but to the design team as well. ... Anyone would be well served selecting Engen Contracting, Inc. as their construction manager or general contractor for their project.

Aaron Clark, RA

Michael Hsu Office of Architecture

Over the years I've had the opportunity to work with many different general contractors. Working with Chris, Michael and the ECI team has always been an enjoyable experience. Their thoughtfulness for detail and craft, management tactics and professionalism at all levels of the construction process has been an absolute pleasure. I have seen it and my clients have seen it as well ... and that is a true testament to their work and care.

Micah Land

Albert Enterprises

Synergistic partnerships don’t come along very often.  Over the past three years, we have been truly blessed to find a group of folks that not only THINK and WORK like us, but TRUST like us.  Success comes when you find PARTNERS in this business that have the same VALUES and PRINCIPLES as your own TEAM.  The results are magical.  Chris and the wonderful TEAM at ECI have been that Fairy Dust for Albert Enterprises and Albert Restaurant Group.  We couldn’t do what we do in Central and South Texas without them.  Keep up the great work!

Cary Albert

Kerbey Lane Cafe

It was an absolute pleasure working with Chris and the ECI team.  They brought a level of professionalism and organization we’d never before experienced with a general contractor and their attention to detail and ability to adapt in the field was remarkable.  ECI has been a tremendous partner in our business and we will continue to look to them as we undertake new projects.

Mason Ayer
Chief Executive Officer / Kerbey Lane Cafe

Austin Habitat for Humanity

When Austin Habitat for Humanity took on building our new Headquarters Building & ReStore in South Austin it was the largest undertaking in our 30 year history.  ECI was up to the challenge, bringing our project in on time and under budget.  We’ve received numerous compliments on the project and we are proud to show off our new home.  We know we can trust ECI to do quality work and look forward to working with them on our next project. Onward,

Phyllis Snodgrass
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Engen Contracting Inc.

A full-service general contractor specializing in commercial construction, ECI brings a strong reputation for building quality projects that are competitively priced, a commitment to quality craftsmanship, professionalism, and building trusting relationships to every project we undertake.

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