Progressive design-build concepts

Owners are turning to "progressive" design-build for project procurement, a variant of design-build. On a traditional design-build project, a final project price is typically established at the time the design-builder is selected. This often means that the design-builder uses bridging documents and performance requirements the owner has developed independently so that the design-builder can establish... Continue Reading →

DBIA promotes advantages of design-build through new publication

The Design-Build Institute of America has released a new brochure, “Choosing a Project Delivery Method,” which provides a concise overview of design-build versus other common delivery methods. Although the free booklet discusses the pluses and minuses of choosing any of various project delivery methods, it, of course, promotes design-build. Subtitled “A Design-Build Done Right Primer,”... Continue Reading →

Schinnerer’s new rectification coverage facilitates design-build leadership

As the market for the creation of capital assets moves increasingly toward design-build, many design firms have found themselves in the difficult position of being a subcontractor to a design-builder who often is a construction contractor. Serving their client—the design-build entity—and not the ultimate project client can create communication and ethical problems for the design... Continue Reading →

New AIA design-build contracts released

As design-build keeps increasing market share in the project delivery process, more often than not architects and engineering firms are relegated to subcontractor status. Often, the contracts used reduce the amount of services provided by professionals, target professionals for all of the professional liability exposure (even though design-builders should carry professional liability insurance), and create... Continue Reading →

Design-build continues to grow in US

The Design-Build Institute of America’s (DBIA) ongoing mission is to educate and promote best practices in design-build project delivery. As reported by the Building Design + Construction blog, the institute recently published results of a study showing that more than half of all new projects above $10 million in costs were built using the design-build... Continue Reading →

Using Liens on Design-Build Projects

Liens are statutory rights to encumber real property as a method of forcing payment for goods or services provided to the property owner to improve the real property. Liens have nothing to do with professional liability exposure, but we often get questions about whether they can be effective as a way to make sure professional... Continue Reading →

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