A general contractor is responsible for the means and methods to be used in the construction execution of the project in accordance with the contract documents. These contract documents usually include the contract agreement including budget, the general and special conditions and the plans and specification of the project that are prepared by a design professional. A general contractor usually is responsible for the supplying of all material, labor, equipment, and services necessary for the construction of the project.
Under a standard General Contracting delivery method, sometimes referred to Design-Bid-Build, the Owner employs a design team. The design team develops the drawings and specifications for the project which are used to obtain competitive bids from several contractors. Typically, the contractor with the lowest qualified bid will be awarded the project.