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Preston Haskell, founder of The Haskell Company, played an instrumental role in the formation of the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA). In February 1993, Haskell gathered 15 executives of major design-build firms, and other companies interested in design-build, to a series of meetings. At the time, design-build was still considered “nontraditional,” with construction management and design-bid-build the preferred project delivery forms. However, Haskell and his peers reasoned that design-build backers needed an organization to represent the interest of design-builders. This was the beginning of DBIA.

Design-Build Delivery

A single entity assumes responsibility for the design, construction, and commissioning of the facility (including acceptance testing). The focus is on collaboration to create value for the client by minimizing risk, delivery schedule, and cost. The supporting contract can be Lump Sum, Cost plus Fee, or Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP), and is decided based upon customer needs and the degree of risk involved. The project risk for the owner is limited, as it is transferred to the design-build firm.

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