Best Practices

Decades of experience across all sectors and project types have given our industry a time-tested roadmap to success. Design-Build Done Right® best practices help you engineer higher quality outcomes by showing you what works – and what doesn’t.

By convening multiple disciplines, Design-Build Done Right® helps power singular success stories with collaboration and innovation that’s driving industry transformation.

Excellence. It’s built in.

DBIA’s Universal Best Practices is a good place to start your design-build journey. This document categorizes 10 best practices and nearly 50 supporting implementing techniques into three areas:

  1. Procuring Design-Build Services
  2. Contracting for Design-Build Services
  3. Executing the Delivery of Design-Build Projects

The evolution of this document is based on input from DBIA members and the A/E/C industry.

The challenges facing sectors can be unique. That’s why industry leaders serving on DBIA’s market sector committees created these targeted resources to address specific issues impacting the Transportation, Water/Wastewater and Federal sectors. Start with the Universal Best Practices document and then use these targeted resources to deepen your design-build knowledge.

DBIA’s Deeper Dive documents provide a more targeted look at specific topics important to each sector.

The Design-Build Manual of Practice is a comprehensive reference manual for owners and practitioners about all aspects of design-build practice. It provides everything you need to build your design-build foundation, such as: definitions, selection procedures, project execution checkpoints, tenets of professional ethics, risk management guidelines, contract formats, licensure data, and regulatory and legal information.

The Manual of Practice is a DBIA Members benefit. Sign-in with your DBIA online account to download.

Non-members can purchase the Manual of Practice in the DBIA Bookstore as individual chapters ($25) or a complete set ($350).

Having problems? Can’t download the chapters?

Email Todd Rich or call (202) 454-7503.

How can designers optimize their role on a collaborative design-build team to ensure project success? The Charles Pankow Foundation describes how the design-phase manager ensures that the owner’s objectives are realized, the design-builder’s goals are met, and the design is integrated with the construction.

Having access to DBIA’s Manual of Practice is just one of the many benefits to becoming a DBIA member.