Design Build State of Practice: Recommendations for Agencies and Industry on Effective Project Delivery provides recommendations to firms and project owners, including federal agencies and industry, on successful delivery as well as new information to enhance the benefits of cost and schedule savings associated with design-build.
“The key to success in design-build delivery is clear communication early in the partnership process,” said Keith Molenaar, University of Colorado Boulder, in a news release. “While our research shows that size, risk transfer, and long-term relationship building are vital elements of successful contracts, clarity about risk allocation above all else has to be reached so the project work can progress with confidence across all project participants.”
“Over the past several years, implementation of design-build contracts has grown without showing signs of slowing,” said John Carrato, ACEC Research Institute Chair. “While certain projects do well with design build, the study highlighted significant challenges with larger infrastructure projects, which should get the attention of our DOT clients and others working to deliver projects under the bipartisan infrastructure law.”