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In today's challenging economy, the capital improvement dollars are tight due to federal, state and municipal budgets. With regulatory deadlines and limited municipal budgets, a trend in the public sector in the Water-Waste Water industry to capture the maximum return for the dollars invested appears to be leading to options such as Design-Build as a serious consideration. Design-Build is a project delivery method that can provide several benefits including single source responsibility for both the design and construction as well as focus on lowest life cycle costs. Additionally, in many cases it can lead to a highly compressed schedule as compared to the traditional Design-Bid-Build approach.

Although there are many variations of the Design-Build project delivery method such as Design-Build-Operate, Design-Build-Operate-Finance, Construction Management at Risk, and Public-Private-Partnership, Design-Build is the basis of all of these methods. Due to the relatively limited use of Design-Build in the public sector with the exception of last 12 years, though many public sector clients are interested in using such a method due to its inherent benefits, many clients shy away from using this method due to the fact that it seeks a paradigm shift with the client organization in order to execute it successfully.

This paper's key objectives are to share the following important aspects of Design-Build with the audience and share the lessons learned aspects of recent WWW Design-Build projects:

Basic project delivery methods and their pros and cons including Design-Bid-Build; Construction Management-at-Risk and Design-Build

Four Key driving factors for use of Design-Build or other Alternate Project Delivery Methods

Seven Key success factors for developing and implementing a Design-Build project

Six Project Case Studies utilizing Design-Build project delivery method

Seven Lessons Learned from recent WWW Design-Build projects

Sixteen Do's and Don'ts for WWW public sector clients using Design-Build

The audience will gain important insight into the Design-Build project delivery method, it's applicability to public sector WWW projects and how to execute successfully. The session will also cover the important Do's and Don'ts of using Design-Build from an Owner's perspective which often are key factors making a difference between a successful project and a failed project. Project values range from 4 million to 260 Million and are all in the public sector. Tanveer Rao is a senior Design-Build expert in the WWW industry and has executed Design-Build projects throughout most of his 26 years across the United States. He is also actively engaged nationally in the Design Build Institute of America and has authored numerous articles and chapters about Design-Build.

Considering the applicability of this project delivery method as an important option for today's WWW client organizations, receiving unbiased experienced input about this delivery method will be of significant benefit to the WEFTEC audience.

Keywords: CMAR; alternate project delivery; construction management at at risk; design build; design-build; single source responsibility

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2009-01-01

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