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Media Advisory
For Immediate Release:
7/19/2010 12:00 AM
Susan Hines
Director, Public Relations and Information
shines@dbia.org
202-682-0110
Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) Releases Revised Contract Documents

​An industry standard, DBIA’s contract documents are now fully updated to address today’s concerns,

relevant case law.


Washington, DC, July 19, 2010 – DBIA introduced a family of standard contract document forms over a
decade ago. Since then, the number of owners relying on the design-build project delivery method
has increased exponentially. In the process, design-build team members have gained expertise and
case law has evolved to address issues unique to design-build. In response, DBIA has released the
next generation of contracts that address these issues and incorporate industry advances of the
past decade.

“DBIA contracts remain the most balanced design-build forms in the industry,” says Michael C.
Loulakis, Esq., DBIA, President and CEO of Capital Project Strategies, LLC, and a member of the
DBIA committee charged with the revisions. “The refinements made to the contracts allow the parties
flexibility to consider a variety of commercial approaches — all consistent with current best
practices.”

The 2010 documents reflect DBIA’s original risk allocation approach that distributes risk to the
participant best able to manage it in the most cost effective manner. And, like the originals, the
new documents recognize the need for flexibility. As a result, the new contracts are user-friendly
documents that are short on legalese and allow parties to customize contracts to their projects.

There is more than one way to address any contractual issue — be they time-related provisions or
ones specifying ownership of design documents. “The menu approach will encourage the parties to
discuss difficult contractual issues at the outset of their relationship,” explained Bennett
Greenberg, Esq., DBIA, a partner at Seyfarth Shaw LLP, and the Chair of the DBIA Contract
Committee. “These conversations help owners and the design-build team arrive at a contract tailored
to the unique project and each party’s risk tolerance.”

The new generation of documents also responds to some of the more contentious issues of the last 10
years. Scope of work, for example, is addressed through a more comprehensive framework that ensures
owner and design-builder expectations are more closely aligned. The owner’s use of prescriptive
specifications in project criteria is dealt with in a manner consistent with recent case law.
Moreover, exhibits pertaining to sustainable design, building information modeling and electronic
data handling round out this new edition of DBIA Contract Documents.

DBIA Contracts are available individually or as a set. Order these downloadable Microsoft Word
documents at www.dbia.org or call 202-682-0110.

The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) was founded in 1993 in response to the emergence of
design-build and integrated project delivery as a significant force in the design and construction
industry. From its headquarters in Washington, DC, and network of chapters throughout the U.S., the
Institute provides a forum for all participants in the design-build process, owners and
practitioners alike. DBIA is the center of expertise for integrated project delivery, advocating
best practices, creating and disseminating educational information, and furnishing advice and
support to facility owners and users.

Web site www.dbia.org
Phone (202) 682-0110