This delivery process, also known as "Design-Bid-Build", is typical. In this case, you work with the architect to develop and finalize the project plans and specifications. As the General Contractor, our goal will be to build the project based on the completed plans and specifications. You will be responsible for maintaining the project costs and schedule.
The General Construction method provides clearly defined roles and responsibilities between all team members. It's also advantageous for you, the owner, to have some knowledge of construction and the construction process.