Design-Build Strategies

Successful Approaches & Techniques

Over the past decade Design-Build has been the fastest growing construction project delivery method in the United States. This course examines recent public and private design build project experiences. The course discusses both the failures and successes from these experiences. Identifying the reasons for success and the root causes behind the failures. Highlighting the many valuable lessons that have been learned and how they can benefit both owners and design builders.

The course offers practical strategies and guidelines for successful planning, implementation and management of design build projects. It addresses the crucial issues that must be resolved prior to embarking on the design build process: evaluating project suitability for the design build approach, developing design performance criteria, selection of a design builder, extent of design to be completed prior to construction, level of design effort expected from the design builder, owner’s role during the design build process, quality control responsibilities, insurance, performance warranties and project risk allocation.

The course focuses on approaches to maximize benefits and reduce potential project problems for both owners and design builders.


Course Topics Include:

  • Evaluating projects for Design-Build
  • Planning steps for Design-Build projects
  • The six types of design-builders
  • Design build risk assessments
  • Guidelines for preparing Design-Build RFP’s
  • Determining level of design effort prior to Design-Build
  • Selecting the best design-builder for your project
  • Design-Build lead by a contractor vs. designer
  • Relationship dynamics between designer & builder
  • Critical issues in developing a Design-Build RFP
  • Specifying construction & performance quality
  • Maintaining the desired level of quality for the project
  • Identifying level of owner involvement
  • Program developer’s role during the design build process
  • Design-Build contract sources and standard forms
  • Critical contract provisions in a Design-Build contract
  • Insurance & bond requirements
  • Design-Build project management
  • Design & construction documents
  • Change orders & claims procedures
  • Shop drawing review considerations
  • Construction & maintenance warranties