Arizona law gives the County three major options to select architects and builders – an option that emphasizes price, one that emphasizes speed, and one that emphasizes value. Because the goal was to construct a criminal justice center that was of good quality, highly functional and long-lasting, the Board chose the method that insured that the architects and construction professionals selected would deliver the best value for the money. This method, called “Construction Manager at Risk” or “CMAR” emphasizes the proven skill and experience of the professionals chosen rather than just the price of the project. Of course, the ability of the professionals applying for selection to deliver projects on time and within budget is a major selection criterion. After soliciting and reviewing proposals from architects and contractors, the County selected DLR Group for architectural services, and Hensel Phelps Construction for construction management services. After selection of DLR and Hensel Phelps, the County negotiated with both firms for a guaranteed maximum price for the project that is within the County’s budget. Under this selection process, Hensel Phelps assumes the risk if the cost of the project as designed exceeds the negotiated price. The laws governing selection methods can be found in Arizona Revised Statutes, Title 34, Chapter 6, Article 1.