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Media Advisory
For Immediate Release:
6/20/2013 3:00 PM
Richard Thomas
Director, State/Local Legislative Affairs
rthomas@dbia.org
202-682-0110
Louisiana Extends Design-Build Authority for Hurricane Repairs
After nearly failing to even pass the State House, a bill to extend design-build authority for New Orleans schools, and the Sewerage and Water Board was signed by the Governor this week (HB 559). The law extends the sunset date for the utilization of the design-build method until July 10, 2014 for projects of the Recovery School District and the Orleans Parish School Board. The date is extended until July 10, 2015 for projects of the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans. Design-build is a project delivery method where the same firm designs and builds a project under one contract. Studies have shown the method to be approximately 33 percent faster and 6 percent cheaper on average.
 
“Design-build has been used to repair damage from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in New Orleans with remarkable success,” said Richard Thomas, the State/Local Legislative Affairs Director for the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA). “Design-build authority allowed architects, engineers, and contractors to begin rebuilding New Orleans’ critical infrastructure much faster than some other states could have.”
 
When New Orleans Democrat Jared Brossett first introduced the bill, it was voted down by opponents concerned that the often expedited timeline of design-build projects would lead to lower quality projects. After DBIA reached out to our local supporters and the Governor’s office to demonstrate that design-build projects in Louisiana actually were some of the highest quality projects, the legislation passed the House 67 – 23 before passing the Senate 27 – 12. Legislators were convinced by the success of design-build projects such as the South Adams School District’s K-8 building, and the Inner Harbor Surge Protection Gate.
 
For more information contact Richard Thomas at 202-454-7516 or rthomas@dbia.org.

Established in 1993, the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) is the only organization that defines, teaches and promotes best practices in design-build project delivery. 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. Learn more about design-build and DBIA’s certification and other programs at www.dbia.org.