Tag: design-bid-build

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Preparing for a New Era in the Design and Construction Industry
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Health Care Industry Finds Cure to Save Time and Money on New Facilities

Preparing for a New Era in the Design and Construction Industry

By Justin L. Weisberg, K&L Gates, Chicago

The construction industry is currently on the precipice of substantial changes impacting all participants involved in the design and construction of modern projects.  Economic volatility has resulted in significant pressure on all participants to increase efficiency and deliver projects at reduced costs.  New technology, including BIM, is impacting the very responsibilities and interactions of project participants.  Over the past decade, environmental and sustainable design considerations have gone from nonexistent to a driving factor in the design and construction of numerous projects.

While Design Bid Build (“DBB”) was historically the leading method of project delivery, progressive methods have made substantial gains over the last decade.  Progressive project delivery methods include Design Build (“DB”), Construction Manager at Risk (“CMAR”), and Integrated Project Delivery (“IPD”).  These progressive methods take advantage of construction expertise during the design phase of the construction project.

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Health Care Industry Finds Cure to Save Time and Money on New Facilities

By Gregory R. Andre, K&L Gates, Chicago

To meet the demands of an aging population and health care reform, many new hospitals and other health care facilities are being built. These projects are typically large, costly and complex and, therefore, merit careful attention to cost control and efficiency. The health care industry is using new teamwork approaches to design and construct new facilities that significantly reduce project costs, shorten schedules, minimize claims and disputes and improve overall project quality.

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