DEFINITION The term “Design-‐Build”, is used to refer to the procurement process in which an owner of a project establishes a contractual relationship with a single entity for both design and construction services. The entity, or “designer-‐builder”, is not only responsible for the construction phase but also the design of the project. The Design-‐Build entity can be arranged in many ways depending on the agreements established between the owner and the Design-‐Builder. For example, the design-‐builder may be a single company or it may be a consortium or joint venture. Additionally, the design-‐builder may or may not have its own design and construction internal division; instead, an engineering design firm may subcontract a contractor for the construction phase, or vice versa, a construction firm may subcontract the design work. (Rizzo, 1998) The following diagrams (Figure 1) represent the different ways this relationship can be accomplished according to what was explained above.
Contractor as Prime;
Design Professional as sub
Design Professional as Prime; Contractor as Sub
References: CMAA. (2012). M. (1998). B. (2010).