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Media Advisory
For Immediate Release:
Richard Thomas
Director, State/Local Legislative Affairs
Connecticut Passes UConn Design-Build Legislation

Connecticut took another step towards full design-build authority this week with passage of legislation authorizing the University of Connecticut to use the design-build delivery method (SB 889). The Bill, expected to become law, allows the university to select a design-builder based on qualifications, past performance, technical merit and project cost. This marks the second major design-build bill to pass in the last two years in Connecticut. In 2012 Governor Malloy signed historic legislation authorizing the Department of Transportation to use the design-build delivery method. 

“Passage of SB 889 is a win-win for the university and the design and construction industry,” said DBIA-New England Region President Jim Fox. “There are a number of projects the University is looking at over the next few years and design-build gives them a great tool to deliver them,” Fox continued. Connecticut’s General Assembly gave final legislative approval Wednesday to a $1.5 billion plan to expand the University of Connecticut. The Next Generation plan would use state bonds to build new labs, classrooms and housing at the school, and allow for a 30 percent increase in enrollment, much of it in the science, technology, engineering and math fields.

The expansion of design-build authority in Connecticut has been challenging. Several universities in the region introduced design-build into their capital project program with success and, in 2010, the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering completed a study recommending the use of design-build. However, all attempts to expand design-build authority stalled in the 2010 and 2011 legislative sessions. Richard Thomas, DBIA Director of State/Local Legislative Affairs, said, “Our legislative loss in 2011 was discouraging; we came very close and lost in the final week, but it encouraged us to come back and build stronger relationships with the Malloy administration and within the legislature.”
In the 2012 legislative session the Malloy administration led the effort to pass SB 33, a comprehensive design-build bill for transportation. According to Fox, passage of SB 33 helped to pave the way for passage of SB 889 this year. Fox said, “Passage of SB 33 created a buzz in the industry, as the economy began to pick up again, and projects started to come back, everyone seemed to be talking about the potential of design-build and I think this carried over to the legislature as well.” The provisions in SB 889 will take effect July 1, 2013.
For more information you can reach Richard Thomas at 202-454-7516 or 

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