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Design-Build State of Practice

Recommendations for Agencies & Industry on Effective Project Delivery

This landmark study examines design-build (DB) project delivery and challenges which impact the success and harmony of the DB team and could ultimately affect the success of the project. The report highlights recommendations for engineering firms participating on DB teams, as well as owners around issues such as risk transfer, insurance requirements, and relationship building among designers, constructors and owners to promote project harmony.

The goal of this study is to identify unique design-build (DB) challenges and their impacts to effective project delivery.

This first-of-a-kind American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Research Institute study is based on a three-step approach:

  1. Firm-based data from 155 ACEC design firms of various sizes participating in DB projects across diverse US market sectors;
  2. Project performance data obtained from 105 completed DB projects of various sizes delivered in the US market; and
  3. Interview findings from 16 case studies that were selected from best and worst performing projects.

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The ACEC Research Institute’s mission is to deliver knowledge and business strategies that guide and elevate the engineering industry and to be the leading source of knowledge and thought leadership for creating a more sustainable, safe, secure and technically advanced built environment.