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Officials use alternative methods to keep projects on budget

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This rendering depicts the Valley Metro streetcar currently under construction in Tempe. The three-mile, 14-stop neighborhood public transit project will connect to the existing light rail and is set to open in 2022. / Valley Metro / Daily Independent

Leaders seek savings on big projects

By Matt Roy | Daily Independent

New construction projects are popping up every day across the Valley as cities and other public agencies try to meet the needs of one of the nation’s fastest-growing metro areas.

From a future fire station in Surprise to the ongoing streetcar system being built in Tempe, publicly funded infrastructure and facility projects increasingly employ alternative project delivery methods.

The construction manager at risk method (or CM@R to employ the industry jargon) is one of these newer processes.

In Surprise — where voters approved construction of several projects as part of $59.5 million general obligation bond in 2017 — Fire Station 308 is out for bid as a CM@R project worth $7.1 million.

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