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Media Advisory
For Immediate Release:
10/15/2009 12:00 AM
Richard Thomas
Vice President for Advocacy
49ers Design-Build Stadium Project Moves Forward
​Sacramento, Ca., October 13, 2009 – Capping a day chocked with bill signing and vetoes, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed SB 43, allowing the San Francisco 49ers’ design-build stadium project to move forward. The bill authored by Senator Elaine Alquist (D-Santa Clara) grants the City of Santa Clara the authority to issue a sole source contract based on qualifications to a design builder.

The Santa Clara City Council has already approved the project. Voters will decide next year if the city should invest $114 million of redevelopment funds in the project, which officials hope will be completed in time for the 2014 NFL season.

The state-of-the-art stadium will seat 68,500 including 170 luxury suites will have a price tag of $937 million. The design-build team consists of HNTB of Kansas City MO, Turner Construction of New York NY, and Devcon of Milpitas CA. Lisa Lang, a 49ers spokeswoman, has said that the design-build approach is necessary because large construction projects are so specialized and that the team has chosen specific companies for design and development to ensure success.

SB43 one was one of six design-build laws to pass the California legislature this year; four of which were signed into law. “We are on a roll in California and across the nation” said Lisa Washington, executive director of the Design-Build Institute of America. Washington added, “Design-build legislation has passed at an unprecedented rate this year. Clearly, as more public sector owners experience the integrated advantage of design-build the more they prefer it as a delivery method.”

The design-build project delivery method is increasingly being used on construction projects to ensure quality and to deliver projects more quickly.

For more information on design-build project delivery, visit

The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) is an association of leaders in the design and construction industry who utilize design-build and integrated project delivery methods. Founded in 1993, and headquartered in Washington, DC, DBIA focuses on increasing the successful use of innovative design-build teams on non-residential building, civil infrastructure, and process industry projects. DBIA is the only design and construction organization dedicated to integrating the industry.