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Recently, more and more clients are considering design-build [D-B] as a method of project delivery as opposed to the conventional approach or method of delivery, also known as design-bid-build approach [D-B-B]. Just in the last two years alone, at least 6 projects in southern California, all relating to water and wastewater, with a total construction cost of about 200 million dollars, have been contracted out based on D-B method of project delivery. Many more projects are being considered for implementation in southern California using this approach. Is D-B another fad, which will die its natural death in a few years after perhaps a few successes but most failures or thrive because it saved the clients both time and money as the proponents of this approach allege and anticipate. Is this a new fad or a panacea for all contracting ills – delays, overruns, change orders, conflicts and litigation and non or inadequate project performance? Only the time will tell after some of these projects have been built and their overall performance evaluated. Until then, exercising some caution in contracting would be prudent and helpful.

Different points of views and perspectives are also discussed – those of the contractor on the D-B team, A-E firm on the D-B team and the owner.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2000-01-01

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