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Selection Criteria For Design Build Projects For Private Owners

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

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June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



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Construction Engineering Advances I

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8.1003.1 - 8.1003.9



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Khalid Siddiqi

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Session No. 1121 Paper No. 2003-1203

Private Owner Selection Criteria for Design-Build Projects

Pouria Mohammadian, and Khalid Siddiqi

Construction Program, Southern Polytechnic State University, Marietta Georgia 30060


Private owners, in search of a more efficient method of project delivery, are increasingly turning to design-build option for project delivery. A tremendous growth in number of design-build projects and very few literature articles on private sector rationale for choosing design-build delivery necessitate more studies in this particular area. This paper analyzes and prioritizes design-build selection factors from a private owner perspective. The factors considered in the study include single point responsibility, reducing cost, shortening duration, reducing claims, large project size, complexity, Constructability, and innovation. A questionnaire was administered, followed by actual interviews with private owners to validate findings from the study. Results from the study demonstrate the relative importance of factors considered by the private sector while choosing design-build for project delivery. This paper is beneficial for private sector owners, architect, engineers, and contractors who either are experienced or plan on doing Design-Build projects in future.


Design-Build is by far the fastest growing method of project delivery in the United States [2, 7] (Rizzo 1996, Friedlander 1999). The total number of Design-Build contracts, according to the statistics complied by the Design-Build Institute of America is increasing by more than One hundred percent (100%) annually [2] (Rizzo 1996). Design-Build construction represents Fifty percent (50%) of construction in Europe and Seventy percent (70%) in Japan [3] (Molennar 1999). Use of Design-Build in private sector is growing at the rate of Eighty percent to One hundred fifty percent (80-150%), depending on the category of construction. An inevitable outcome of this growth is the increased number of contractors and architect- engineers entering in Design-Build projects. Additionaly, such growth suggests an increase in the number of owners who are likely to go for Design-Build delivery for the first time. Continued success of the Design-Build projects requires documentation and dissemination of fundamental Design-Build knowledge to the new entrants. Better understanding of Design-Build delivery mechanism is critical for owners who plan to undertake new projects. Selection factors based on experience of owners from previous projects, delivered through Design-Build, could provide necessary understanding to the new owners.

Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright? 2003, American Society for Engineering Education.

Siddiqi, K. (2003, June), Selection Criteria For Design Build Projects For Private Owners Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--11497

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