Analysis of design-build processes, best practices, and applications to the Department of Defense
Cantrell, Kim S.
Rendon, Rene G.
Cuskey, Jeffrey R.
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The Federal Government's preference for the acquisition of commercial items was placed into law under Public Law 103-355, Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act of 1994. Acquisition policies were established that more closely resembled those of the commercial marketplace and the law encouraged the acquisition of commercial supplies and services. This law did not extend to the acquisition of design-build construction. Acquisition policy regarding Government design-build should be analyzed to determine which best commercial processes/practices may be applied to the acquisition of Government design-build. Design- Build (DB) is defined as a project delivery system in which the owner contracts with, and holds responsible, one single entity for both design and construction of a project. This method differs from the traditional design-bid-build (DBB) approach in which the owner contracts with an architect to design the project (prepare drawings and specifications) under a design contract and then competitively bids the project among construction contractors to build the facility. With NAVFAC's mandate, that by the end of Fiscal Year (FY) 07, 75% of capital improvement projects above $7 50,000 will be accomplished by design-build acquisition, it is imperative that we look into utilizing non-DoD design-build processes/practices to allow flexibility, creativity and innovativeness in design approach; take advantage of time-savings; and complete projects within cost. In order to achieve this goal NAVFAC strategy is to ensure the most efficient business processes are in place (Reference Capital Improvements Business Line, Design-Build Policy and Guidelines). The purpose of this research is to examine current non-DoD design build processes, determine best practices, analyze the application of these best practices to the award and administration of DoD, specifically NAVFAC, design-build contracts and provide recommendations.
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