Design-build project delivery holds steady at nearly 40% of nonresidential construction: DBIA study

Research finds continued growth of design-build since 2005; highest market share includes military sector, Pacific region.

August 15, 2013 |

Washington, D.C. -- The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), the only organization that defines, teaches and promotes best practices in design-build, has released research indicating that design-build project delivery represents nearly 40 percent of total market share in the United States, based on dollar value at the end of 2012. This represents an eight percent growth increase since 2005. The geographic area with the highest design-build delivery market share is the Pacific region at 59 percent. In addition, research findings show the Military sector dominates design-build project delivery with an 81 percent market share.

In a study of 48,640 project specifications across nine building sectors and geographic regions, DBIA found commercial building was the second largest sector, followed by medical building for design-build project delivery in 2012. In addition, research fromDBIA reveals that market size, as defined as the potential share of design-build delivery according to dollar value, has doubled in the United States since 2005.


“The growth of design-build project delivery across geographic regions and building sectors throughout the United States exemplifies the cost and time efficiencies that can be achieved to benefit the owner, project team and surrounding communities,” says Lisa Washington, Executive Director/CEO, DBIA. “Design-build done right serves to advance our industry and our economy.”

A copy of the full report, “Design-Build Project Delivery Market Share and Market Size Report,” is available on DBIA’s web site. The report was compiled and analyzed by Reed Construction Data/RSMeans Market Intelligence in 2013, one of North America’s largest information providers to the design and construction industry. 

Established in 1993, the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) is the only organization that defines, teaches and promotes best practices in design-build project delivery. Design-build is an integrated approach that delivers design and construction services under one contract with a single point of responsibility. Owners select design-build to achieve best value while meeting schedule, cost and quality goals. Learn more about design-build andDBIA’s certification and other programs at

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