Documenting Design-Build

by William Gurry, (M.ASCE), Pres.; Gurry & Associates, Inc., Atlanta, GA,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1995, Vol. 65, Issue 9, Pg. 47-49

Document Type: Feature article


For engineers more familiar with the traditional design–bid–build process, design–build might present some unforeseen risks and responsibilities. To define and allocate these, the Engineers Joint Contract Documents Committee offers a family of standard contract documents that provide a clear and structured guide to the process. Proponents of design–build value it as a method of delivering completed projects faster and cheaper than the traditional design–bid–build method. In teaming the architect/engineer with the contractor, communication between the two improves, and more ideas are brought into the process. But design–build often creates roles and responsibilities for owners, engineers and contractors not found in the traditional design–bid–build project–delivery system. Until now, engineers have had to create contract documents for design–build projects on a case–by–case basis. Earlier this year, the Engineers Joint Contract Documents Committee (EJCDC) completed a family of standard design–build contract documents that define the responsibilities and allocate the risks involved. The documents address issues such as the design–builder selection process, preparation of the request for proposal, scope definition, standards of care, warranties and guarantees, geotechnical investigations, quality and communications.

Subject Headings: Design/Bid/Build | Design/Build | Risk management | Joints | Contractors and subcontractors | Value engineering | Architect/Engineers | Owners

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