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One of the industry’s premier construction advisory firms

A track record that spans in excess of 10,000 projects over 40 years.

With a roster of more than 3,000 clients, CCS is redefining Owners Rep, Project and Program Management, and Cost Management services for the public and private sectors through its boutique approach. CCS is differentiated by the way it takes on the values of its clients with a proprietary value-creating, risk-mitigating process.

CCS’ long list of blue-chip clients includes the United States Department of State, Presidential Libraries, The Peninsula Hotels group, Pritzker Realty Group, the University of Chicago, Texas A&M University, the National Museum of the American Indian, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., DOW Chemicals, the Smithsonian, Johns Hopkins Medical Center, Argonne National Laboratory, and the United States Olympic Committee.

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CCS is headquartered in Oakbrook, Illinois, with six regional offices, and a European subsidiary in the United Kingdom.

  • Expert advice since 1979

  • 150+ projects per year

  • CCS staff averages 20 years of experience

The Ripple Effect

When you choose CCS International, Inc. for your project, “The Ripple Effect” begins. Quite simply, the ability to influence project cost and delivery is greater in predesign and design stages than in the later construction phase. There is a much greater opportunity for value engineering in the earlier stages.

Ripple Effect


CCS assists the client by establishing a budget and addressing all the issues, tangible and intangible, to get a true and clear understanding of potential project cost and risk issues. Our process also helps the client to find the best architectural team to perform design work as the project evolves.


CCS works with the client & design team to review budgets and schedules to ensure that, as design evolves, the construction documents are maintained and the client's best interests are protected. We also work to help establish a list of potential GC’s and contractors qualified to undertake the construction of the project.


CCS reviews bids and prepares a bid analysis for the client and design team to review and consider during interviews and discussions with candidate GC’s and contractors. The Ripple Effect works to ensure that the bid covers all the elements and issues relating to the given project, to mitigate change orders and additional costs later in the construction process.


CCS works to assist the client in regular meetings with the entire project team to ensure that the project schedule and deliverables are being addressed in a timely and cost-efficient manner. We participate in and report on monthly meetings and progress meetings with the team to give clear guidance and recommendations to the client as needed.

Fields of expertise

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Acting as the owner’s advocate and steward, we integrate the different facets of the construction process to shepherd one or more projects from inception to completion.

Program & Project Management

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With our expertise in process and cost, CCS proactively and rigorously forecasts factors impacting project cost and schedule and helps clients strategize to minimize risk, engineer value, and prevent budget overruns.

Cost Management


For large complex projects or programs, CCS provides dedicated on-site project control teams to deal exclusively with cost and schedule issues, including monitoring, updating, negotiating, processing, and reporting as needed to support your project team.

Project Controls

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CCS’ expert advisory offerings straddle the areas of total budget development, master project schedule development, risk management, value engineering, contract and schedule auditing, project dispute intervention, and litigation support.

Advisory Services

Both an advisor and an advocate, CCS was created to guide and support Owners and the AEC community through the complex process of planning, designing and constructing a facility.

Our experts


Ian Parr

Principal / President


Clive Bransby

CEO / Director of Business Development


Gavin Parr



Graham Harwood

Principal / Director of Program Management Services

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CCS’ client roster spans every corner of the global economy, from mission-critical government facilities to world-class universities to our most celebrated civic institutions and public lands.


Communication is our strength. Our long-term goal is to become a trusted advisor and advocate for your success.

  • IFMA
  • The Society for College and University Planning
  • AIA
  • Urban Land Institute
  • smps
  • ILA
  • COAA