Integrated Design-Build Project Delivery Gains Momentum

Many states and municipalities are adopting new rules for commissioning construction projects.

Many states and municipalities are adopting new rules for commissioning construction projects.

The construction industry is re-evaluating the traditional design-bid-build method of project delivery and exploring alternatives. Rather than architects designing a project and then, after the fact, involving a contractor to bid and build, the new trend is for “integrated project delivery” with designers and builders working together from the start of a project with a single contract for both design and construction services. In fact, half of all U.S. states now favor an integrated design-build approach, which reduces the likelihood of schedule-stops and delays, budget over-runs, change orders and other conflicts.

Studies have found that a design-build delivery system can cost 6% less and result in 34% faster project completion compared to the traditional design-bid-build format. New York requires design-build on some state contracts, claiming that infrastructure projects in particular lend themselves to this integrated approach and could save New York City alone $2 billion over the next decade.

There continues to be ongoing dialogue over this practice and trend.

Construction Dive: http://www.constructiondive.com/news/do-contract-types-determine-a-projects-fate/408171/

Building Design + Construction: http://www.bdcnetwork.com/half-us-states-now-allow-design-build-public-projects ;

Engineering News Record: http://www.enr.com/articles/38694-disputed-design-build-study-raises-questions-about-costs?v=preview;

The Design-Build Institute of America: http://www.dbia.org/Pages/default.aspx