Design-Bid-Build vs. Design-Build

Better Roads, 21 October 2013

by Laurence Farrell and David Covington

Author’s Note:  This article will attempt to answer the questions asked by the Area Construction Engineer in the scenario given as well as review the traditional “design-bid-build” process for construction projects, extensively explaining the process of the design-build process, highlight the difference between the two project delivery methods, and explain the benefits of a design-build process from both an agency’s perspective and a design-builder’s (DB) perspective. This article does not make an attempt or a conclusion on which development or delivery method is superior and when each project delivery method should be used. That decision is risk-based and made on a case-by-case, project-specific basis which is beyond the scope of this article.
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