Navigating State Design Build Statutes in the Wake of a “Turned Federal Battleship”

By: Josh M. Leavitt, John C. McIlwee, K&L Gates

For Presentation to Practising Law Institute Symposium
Building Better Construction Contracts: Tailoring Incentives, Creating Collaboration and Developing Effective Risk Allocation

Panel Discussion: Creating a Better Design/Build Agreement

April, 2011, New York City

Those attending this symposium no doubt are familiar with the touted benefits of the design build delivery method: (1) single point of responsibility to owner; (2) shortening certain project times; (3) fewer change orders and more cost-certainty; (4) fostering higher quality work-product; (5) reduced finger-pointing in the event of claims; and (6) minimizing certain owner’s risks.  While design build is widely used on suitable projects in the private sector, the story has been different in the public sector, particularly at the state level.


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