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Design-build is an integrated approach that delivers design and construction services under one contract with a single point of responsibility.  Owners select design-build to achieve best value while meeting schedule, cost and quality goals.
The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) is an association of leaders in the design and construction industry utilizing design-build and integrated project delivery methods to achieve high performance projects. Concepts such as teamwork, collaboration and trust serve as the foundation for innovation and creativity among DBIA members. Employing these concepts gives our members an integrated advantage which makes their business processes a cut above the rest.
With an increase in the number of solicitations expressly encouraging the use of DBIA best practices and inclusion of team members with DBIA training and certification, "design-build done right" requires more than a good contract and appropriate risk allocation. Everyone from the owner to the subcontractors must understand the process, the expectations and fully engage in the collaborative process.
As the only organization that defines, teaches and promotes best practices in design-build, DBIA maintains a comprehensive offering of resources to ensure you stay current and relevant in achieving best value while meeting schedule, cost and quality goals. Explore our web site and discover the many resources that will assist you with your design-build project work!

Design-build achieved higher quality in all measured categories



(as compared to Design-Bid-Build)

(as compared to CM@R)

​Unit Cost ​6.1% lower 4.5% lower​
​Construction Speed ​12% faster ​7% faster
​Delivery Speed ​33.5% faster ​23.5% faster
​Cost Growth ​5.2% less ​12.6% less
​Schedule Growth ​11.4% less ​2.2% less
Source: ConstructionIndustry Institute (CII)/Penn State Research comprising 351 projects ranging from 5K to 2.5M square feet.  The study includes varied project types and sectors.

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Did you know that design-build's use is growing? A 2010 research report by RSMeans/Reed Construction Data found that, every year, design-build accounts for more and more projects. A 2013 update shows the trend continuing.

See our Resources Center where we have a range of information available online including links to the latest research; archived copies of our quarterly magazine; our weekly e-newsletter; the Design-Build Manual of Practice; and more.

Design-build credentials are becoming a "must-have" for more and more projects. An increasing number of RFQs will ask who on the team has their DBIA credential and most will award additional points to teams with DBIA credential holders. 

Gaining Ground

When DBIA was established in 1993, design-build authority at the state level was confined to Virginia. Today, only eight states limit public agencies' use of design-build procurement and there is not a single state in which design-build is not permitted in some limited fashion.

Owners Are Talking!

"I believe that design-build project delivery is the answer to our rapidly evolving needs.  I have since obtained my Designated Design-Build Professional Certification (DBIA™) and I am currently working with various city officials including Purchasing, Planning, and Legal Departments to consider design-build project delivery for future projects."
- Engineer, City of Irvine, CA