Are there any system limitations when projects have multiple main contracts?
If your company is managing your construction projects in Procore, you can create one (1) or multiple main contracts in each Procore project.
When to create a single contract
Most main contractors managing Procore projects create a single contract for a single project. This is the simplest way to manage projects that have an upstream approval requirement—such as approval from a single project owner or a single funding source. A single contract allows your team to manage your contract with the project owner as well as your upstream payment applications.
When to create multiple contracts
If your project has multiple delivery methods, owners, clients or funding sources, you may want to create multiple contracts. This allows you to manage multiple contracts and your upstream payment applications with multiple delivery methods, entities, phases, stages and more. Reasons to create multiple contracts include:
- Multiple Clients and Funding Sources
A project can have multiple clients or funding sources. For example, a speciality contractor might choose to create a separate contract for each client. Or your construction company might have been contracted to complete work on a project with more than one funding stream, such as a private donor, a public grant, a public authority, bonds, grants, loans or a combination of all these examples. See Configure Settings: Main Contracts.
- Multiple Stages
A project can have multiple contracts for different project stages. For example, you might want to create multiple contracts for pre-construction, course of construction and aftercare/maintenance.
- Multiple Phases
A project can have multiple contracts for different work phases. For example, you might want to create multiple contracts to manage the project's foundation, plumbing, HVAC and so on.
- Multiple Delivery Methods
Depending on your delivery method, these are some reasons you might want to create multiple contracts.
- Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) Contracts. A project can be fast-tracked or a phased GMP job. You might want to create multiple separate contracts for each established scope-of-work package.
- Construction Manager as Advisor (CMa) Delivery Methods. If your company is operating as a CMa, you might want to create separate contracts between the owner and the various contractors hired by the owner.
Before creating multiple contracts, be aware of the limitations detailed below.
TipWill the contract's Bill of Quantities be aligned with the line items on the project's budget? If so, Procore recommends that you create your project's budget before the contract to eliminate repetitive data entry. To learn how to add line items to the contract's BOQ using the project budget, see Create the Main Contract Bill of Quantities from the Project Budget.
Yes. When creating multiple contracts in one (1) Procore project, be aware of these limitations:
- Procore imports ALL of the line items on your project's budget. You cannot specify which budget line items to import.
If you only want to import certain line items from your budget, Procore recommends choosing a different method for adding line items to a contract. See Create a Main Contract BOQ from the Project Budget. This prevents you from having to delete unwanted line items after the import.
- You are limited to one (1) set of granular permissions per Procore project
You cannot create a unique set of granular permissions for each contract. See Grant Granular Permissions in a Project Permissions Template.
- You will NOT be able to sort, add filters or group report data from the Main Contracts tool in other tools
You will NOT be able to sort change events by each contract on the Change Events list page. To workaround this limitation, Procore recommends building a custom project report to show financial data that is sorted, filtered or grouped by its respective contract. See Create a Custom Project Report.
- You will NOT have the ability to map your commitments or automatically complete cost data
You will not be able to map purchase orders and subcontracts to more than one (1) contract. Procore is also restricted from automatically completing cost data. If the same cost code & cost type combination is used on more than one (1) contract, Procore will NOT be able to automatically complete the direct cost amount and/or subcontractor payment application amount to your owner payment application. To avoid this limitation, you can create a unique billing period or sub-job for each contract.