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Media Advisory
For Immediate Release:
7/28/2009 12:00 AM
Susan Hines
Director of Public Relations
Design-Build Now Component of Missouri's Job Creation and Cost-Cutting Strategy

Legislation expands design-build project delivery use in Missouri. Effective immediately, the bill targets highways and transportation.

Jefferson City, Missouri, July 10, 2009 – Governor Jay Nixon signed House Bill 359 into law expanding the use of the design-build project delivery method in Missouri. The design-build method has already reduced the cost and completion time for the state’s Safe and Sound Bridge Project, the I-64 Project and the Paseo Bridge Project. The bill received broad bipartisan support and will become law immediately.

Design-build is a fully competitive project delivery system that awards contracts for both design and construction to a single entity. By contrast, under the design-bid-build method separate awards are made for the design phase and the construction phase of a project. Benefits of design-build include faster start-up and project completion time, lower costs and greater owner satisfaction.

State Representative Charlie Denison (R-Springfield) sponsored the bill as part of his effort to promote job growth in Missouri. After the signing, Pete Rahn, Missouri Department of Transportation director, said, “Governor Nixon and the Missouri legislature have given us an important tool to tackle vital transportation projects that will create jobs and save lives. The design-build construction method allows us to use innovative solutions to deliver large-scale highway and bridge improvements quickly and cost-effectively.”

“We applaud Governor Nixon and State Representative Denison for taking action aimed at expanding the use of design-build,” said Lisa Washington, executive director of the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA). “The use of design-build has grown dramatically over the past decade. Ten years ago, over 25 states prohibited design-build in the public sector; today, only two states maintain such restrictions. Design-build revenue has more than doubled both domestically and internationally in just the last five years.

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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.