Design-build contractors prepare for a ‘new normal’

Sources: Design-Build Institute of America, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

Results of a new Design-Build Institute of America poll on pandemic response measures and market impacts indicate that uncertainty reigns among architectural/engineering/construction interests, with respondents citing postponement or cancellation of more projects and remote work shifting from a unique experiment to what could be a “new normal.” Findings back those of an DBIA initial poll conducted in March as national lockdown and state shelter orders took hold. 

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Speed Fab-Crete chief earns top Design-Build Institute honor

Sources: Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), Washington, D.C.; CP staff

David Bloxom, chairman of Fort Worth, Texas-based architectural, structural and utility precast producer Speed Fab-Crete Corp., has been named DBIA Fellow, the group’s highest level of certification. The Institute credits him as a champion for the design-build method who has helped deliver hundreds of such projects in his four-plus decades with Speed Fab-Crete. A past DBIA president and current Southwest Region director, Bloxom also plays a vital role in helping the certification process grow as a DBIA Certified Instructor for the Professional Certification Program and Design-Build Certification Board member.

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Research sheds increasingly favorable light on design-build delivery

Sources: Design/Build Institute of America, Washington, D.C.

New Design/Build Institute of America-backed research finds that the design-build (DB) method delivers projects faster and with greater cost and schedule performance than Construction Management at Risk (CMR) and traditional Design, Bid, Build (DBB) alternatives. 

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FMI study traces design-build trajectory in buildings, infrastructure

Sources: Design-Build Institute of America, Washington, D.C.

Design-build is the fastest growing and most popular method of delivering nonresidential and non-building projects, according to “Design-Build Utilization: Combined Market Study,” prepared by construction-wise management consultant and merger & acquisition specialist FMI and posted here.

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Clark Pacific triples southern California production footprint with new plant

Sources: Clark Pacific, West Sacramento, Calif.; CP staff

Amid higher student housing, parking structure and office building demand, Clark Pacific has opened a second precast/prestressed concrete site in southern California. The new Adelanto plant is about 50 miles north of an existing Fontana operation, east of Los Angeles, and expands the producer’s fabrication and yard scope in the region to 135-plus acres.

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Clark Pacific design-build project attains premier Resiliency Council rating

Sources: Clark Pacific, West Sacramento, Calif.; CP staff

Architectural and structural precast producer Clark Pacific and the City of Roseville, Calif., have announced U.S. Resiliency Council (USRC) Platinum level accreditation for the Roseville City Hall Annex. The new 82,000-sq.-ft. structure incorporates the Precast Hybrid Moment Frame, engineered to be self-centering after seismic event exposure and limit design drift to under 1.25 percent, thereby reducing owner and occupant recovery time.

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Design-build delivery method crosses 50 percent threshold on major projects

Sources: Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), Washington, D.C.; CP staff

Research indicates that more than half of construction projects above $10 million are being completed through design-build, the highest level yet for the delivery method offering an alternative to traditional competitive bid-build. A new DBIA report, “Design-Build Project Delivery Market Share and Market Size,” also finds that use of design-build had remained steady since a growth spike at the end of the last decade, and remains especially high in military projects.

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