University of Colorado Design-Build Research Papers

This Website presents a summary of all the published papers written by University of Colorado faculty and students pertaining to the study of design-build. You may access any paper you are interested in reading by clicking on the title of the paper.


Selecting Design-Build: Public and Private Sector Owner Attitudes

Abstract: Modern owners of constructed facilities are increasingly investigating a variety of alternative procurement methods. These methods include design-build, turnkey and construction management. To effectively service this market driven expansion of project delivery strategies in the construction community, a fundamental understanding of owner attitudes is required. This paper discusses results of research conducted to address owners' attitudes toward one specific alternative contracting method, design-build. A tremendous growth in design-build and limited existence of documented research on owner's attitudes toward design-build necessitates a focus on this particular delivery strategy. Primary design-build selection factors identified and analyzed include: establish cost, reduce cost, establish schedule, shorten duration, reduce claims, large project size/complexity, and constructability/innovation. Additionally, a comparison of private and public owner design-build attitudes is documented.

Selection Factors and Success Criteria for Design-Build in the U.S. and U.K.

Abstract: Today's owners of constructed facilities are increasingly investigating a variety of alternative procurement methods. These methods include design-build, turnkey, and construction management. A tremendous growth in design-build and limited existence of documented research on owner's attitudes toward design-build necessitates a focus on this particular delivery strategy. To address the area of selecting design-build procurement strategies, a comprehensive research study was conducted on U.S. and U.K. owners for constructed facilities. This paper discusses results from a survey of 137 owners to determine expectations of success and quantify reasons for selecting design-build. Success criteria identified and analyzed include; On Budget, On Schedule, and Conforms to Users Expectations. Selection factors identified and analyzed include: Establish Cost, Reduce Cost, Establish Schedule, Shorten Duration, Reduce Claims, Large Project Size/Complexity, and Constructability/Innovation. It is the conclusion of this study that owner's most frequently select design-build to shorten duration. Owners expect that the single point of responsibility and the ability to fast-track design and construction inherent in the design-build process will shorten the delivery process. It is also the conclusion of this study that owners judge project success by budget variation, schedule variation and conformity to expectations.. Although the main motivation for choosing design-build as an alternative delivery method is to shorten duration over other procurement methods, the criteria for judging its success are the same.

Appropriate Project Characteristics for Public Sector Design-Build Projects

Abstract: This document summarizes the results of a design-build questionnaire sent to public sector owners during June and July of 1995. This questionnaire is an initial step in a three-year National Science Foundation funded research effort at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The goal of this research is to develop an automated selection tool for public sector design-build projects.
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