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Preparing for Design-Build Projects

A Primer for Owners, Engineers, and Contractors


Douglas D. Gransberg, Ph.D., P.E.; James E. Koch, Ph.D., P.E.; and Keith R. Molenaar, Ph.D.

ASCE Press

2006 / 290 pp.
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Foreword by Michael C. Loulakis, Esq. 

For nearly two decades, design-build (DB) contracting has become increasingly the method of choice in public and private construction projects. Many designers and builders are now drawn to design-build projects and must alter their business practices to accommodate the changed relationships within DB contracts.

Preparing for Design-Build Projects: A Primer for Owners, Engineers, and Contractors is a professional reference that covers the basics of developing a design-build project. The authors focus on learning modules that break down the decision-making process and reassemble it as a straightforward method for DB projects from the owner's standpoint. This book acts as a timely guide on developing DB requests for qualification and requests for proposals. It also assists the reader in interpreting these documents in order to prepare a responsive DB proposal or to evaluate a series of proposals and make a source selection decision.

About the Authors
Douglas D. Gransberg, Ph.D., P.E., is the Sam K. Viersen Jr. Presidential Professor of Construction Science at the University of Oklahoma. While stationed with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Turkey, he pioneered the use of design-build contracting to deliver facilities to remote locations.

James E. Koch, Ph.D., P.E., is a vice president of Hill International and former director of the Construction Management Program in the Department of Civil Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis.

Keith R. Molenaar, Ph.D., is an associate professor with the Construction Engineering and Management Program in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Product Reviews
"This book provides a comprehensive, overall approach toward design-build delivery. The instructions and case studies extend from the initial decision by an owner to utilize design-build for delivering a project through the selection and evaluation process. This approach provides invaluable insight to both agencies an dindividuals just getting familiar with design-build, as well as those with extensive project experience." —Jeff Carpetner, P.E., Chief Engineer, Tacoma Narrows Bridge Project, Washington State Department of Transportation