Federal Government Taking Bold Moves Toward Design-Build

Posted by Admin on Mar 22, 2016 1:38:53 AM

Federal Government Taking Bold Moves Toward Design-Build


On June 18, 2014, the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) announced the award of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) contract # GS-02F-105BA on Schedule 84 for the seamless delivery of design-build training services to the U.S. government. 

The question you may immediately ask is: why should I care? In this blog, we’ll explore why both government project owners and procurement professionals will find this information greatly useful.

Why Federal Project Owners Should Care

When entering a project, federal project owners are tasked with aligning facility design with divisional goals. Along with this alignment, owners must stay on budget and schedule - which can be quite difficult using a traditional design-bid-build project delivery. To avoid this slower, more tedious method, many owners began turning to design-build because it positively impacts all of these factors seamlessly.

However, what if you have never used design-build? What if you are under a demanding schedule and have little time to learn enough about design-build to confidently move forward with it?

Although you may have seen other federal project owners use design-build to reduce risk and increase certainty of outcome, “seeing” is a different experience than “doing”. As a result, the new GSA authorization allows the DBIA to provide quality training more widely through the Federal Supply Schedule. To help project owners prepare under strict deadlines, it also eliminates time-consuming responses to complex RFPs and lengthy negotiations.

Some of the courses offered through the GSA Federal Supply Schedule are:

  • BIM Planning for Design-Build

  • Certification Exam Preparation

  • Certification Workshop

  • Conceptual Estimating

  • Design-Build Contracts & Risk Management

  • Design Management Fundamentals

  • Fundamentals of Project Delivery

  • High-Performance Incentive Contracting

  • Owner Boot Camp – Federal Agency Acquisition Primer

  • Post-Award Design-Build

  • Principles of Design-Build Project Delivery

See the comprehensive course list on DBIA’s Design-Build Done Right website here.

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Why Federal Procurement Professionals Should Care

One of the most time-consuming areas of training is compromising on a price with a contractor. Luckily for federal agencies, this has already been done.  Prior to the announcement of the new authorization, GSA negotiated the prices and service terms covering the DBIA training and professional development services under the program. The prices have been deemed fair and reasonable and contracts are in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, which ultimately reduces evaluation cycles.

Overall, this provides the best quality at the most economical price and makes doing business with DBIA an efficient and hassle-free experience. 

The Bottom Line

What better way to learn about the design-build project delivery method than to contract training from the only organization that defines, teaches and promotes best practices in design-build delivery?

Lisa Washington, CAE, Executive Director/CEO, DBIA says, “This contract award supports DBIA’s long-standing commitment to help public agencies better understand project delivery options and, when choosing design-build, achieve best value while meeting cost, schedule and quality goals.”

In a nutshell, as government agencies, you should have no fear in applying this proven delivery method because you now have the resources to learn more about design-build no matter how strict or relaxed your project schedule may be. 


Would you like to learn more about the DBIA's new authorization with the GSA before beginning the design of your upcoming federal facility? Learn more about it on DBIA's website here. If you are considering design-build for a specific project, please feel free to start the conversation by contacting Haskell's government facility expert, Mark Higby


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