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We make access to our resources simple. By sharing trends so you can stay on top of emerging opportunities in the field, personalizing the experience you have with us, and keeping education and pricing options flexible, you can more easily learn, collaborate, and translate design and construction best practices and connections into career and business opportunities. From design-build primers to the Manual of Practice, you’ll find a wide array of tools and resources to help you grow your career.

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From education courses and certification to contract documents and conferences, being a DBIA member pays dividends.

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Joining DBIA provides far more value than can be counted in dollars and cents. But who doesn’t like saving some cash?

We love our members and reward them for everything they do with DBIA. Here are just some of our members-only savings for individual practitioners:

Education: $300 off individual courses, $25 off new webinar courses
Certification: $1,000 off Certification Workshop, $100 off Certification renewals
Conference Registration: $200 off each registration, more for groups
DBIA National Awards: $300 off each Award entry
DBIA Bookstore: 50% off contract documents
DBIA Events: the amount varies depending on location but DBIA Members always receive discounts at the hundreds of national, regional and local chapter events held nationwide.

And there are additional DBIA member savings for groups, Owners and Young Professionals (YPs) which make your DBIA Membership a smart investment in your design-build future.

Manual of Practice

All DBIA members receive the design-build industry’s must-have resource, the Design-Build Manual of Practice, at no cost. Login to your DBIA account and go to the Resources tab to access the Manual of Practice chapter downloads and your DBIA Bookstore discount codes.

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Design-build is all about connections, collaboration and building successful teams. DBIA’s online Member-only resources allow you unparalleled access to make those connections that count.

Other DBIA Resources

Universal Best Practices

Based on research, case studies and extensive industry input, DBIA has defined design-build best practices and implementing techniques that deliver successful projects, no matter the size, type or sector. Design-Build Done Right® is time-tested and proven its effectiveness by helping teams deliver some of our nation’s most impressive projects. There is a better way to build and DBIA’s many Best Practices resources help get you there.

Defining Design-Build Done Right®

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.


Market Sector Best Practices

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 increase your design-build knowledge. Lastly, Deeper Dive documents provide a more targeted look into specific topics important to each sector.

Transportation Sector Design-Build Best Practices

The transportation sector has many unique features that are central to the consideration of best practices in the procurement, contracting and execution of any design-build project. This document includes modifications to the universal implementing techniques and new techniques, all of which are intended to address the real-world attributes of the transportation sector.

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Transportation Deeper Dive

Use of Alternative Technical Concepts (ATCs)
Right-of-Way Acquisition
Utilities Management
Maintenance of Traffic (MOT)
Environmental Analysis and Permitting

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Water/Wastewater Sector Best Design-Build Practices

This document, which combines Universal Best Practices with water/wastewater best practices and implementing techniques, is the basis for Design-Build Done Right® in the water/wastewater sector. It also highlights unique characteristics of water/wastewater Owners, projects, procurement and the design-build team structure.


Federal Sector Best Design-Build Practices

It’s vital to understand the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), and what it allows and/or precludes, to deliver a successful design-build project in the federal sector. Most agencies further supplement the FAR with agency-specific policies and procedures tailored to their specific mission. This guide provides best practices, techniques and Design-Build Done Right® tools to help teams navigate federal project delivery.

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Federal Deeper Dive

Federal Agency Use of Design-Build with Guaranteed Maximum Price

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Progressive Design-Build

One application of design-build delivery is via a stepped, or progressive process (commonly referred to as Progressive Design-Build or PDB). PDB uses a qualifications-based or best value selection, followed by a process whereby the owner then “progresses” towards a design and contract price with the team (thus the term “Progressive”). This Progressive Design-Build Done Right™ document outlines the best practices for PDB delivery.


Progressive Deeper Dive

Design-Build and Progressive Design-Build Key Characteristics


Public-Private Partnerships (P3)

This primer provides a general overview of common P3 terminology and the benefits and challenges of undertaking a P3. It is meant to serve as a starting point for the user to further investigate and make inquiries regarding the delivery model.


P3 Deeper Dive

Unique Considerations for Social Infrastructure Public-Private Partnerships


Selecting and Using an Owner Advisor in Design-Build

Call them what you wish – owner’s consultant, owner representative, owner advisor, owner’s engineer, owner agent, criteria professional/consultant or A/E1 – they all serve the same purpose: to guide an owner through the process of advertising, selecting, hiring and working with the best design-build team for their project. Working from the assumption that the owner has already chosen to use design-build, this primer can help an owner select an owner’s consultant who will guide them through the process.

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Manual of Practice

A comprehensive reference manual for owners and practitioners, the Design-Build Manual of Practice includes narrative instructions, procedural guidance, sample formats and best practices recommendations. You’ll also find basic 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 free to DBIA members. Login to your DBIA account and then download the manual from the Resources tab.

Contract Documents and Books

DBIA contract documents help guide design-build teams throughout the entire process. From preliminary agreements to final payment, DBIA’s contracts and forms are fair basis documents which can be edited to suit specific projects and needs.

See samples of some our offerings here and then go to our bookstore to purchase.  Your Member Discount Code can be found in the Resources tab of your DBIA member account.


Design-Build Research

DBIA conducts the most comprehensive research on the design-build methodology. Scroll down to get access to our most popular reports.

Revisiting Project Delivery Performance (2018)

An important update to the seminal 1998 CII/Penn State cost and schedule research shows design-build continues to deliver projects faster and with greater reliability in cost and schedule performance. Funded by CII/Pankow.

Design-Build Utilization: A Combined Market Study (2018)

The most detailed design-build market research in years was conducted by FMI and found design-build will account for nearly half of construction spending in the assessed sectors (highway/street, water/wastewater and nonresidential) by 2021, with a growth rate of 18% during that same window.

Design-Build in the Water/Wastewater Sector (2017)

Joint research by the Water Design-Build Council and DBIA analyzes data collected on water projects nationwide to provide historical and prospective trends for design-build contracting by geographic region and by project type including water treatment, wastewater treatment, wastewater collection, water conveyance and stormwater management.

Design-Build Today: A Survey of State DOTs (2016)

The transportation sector’s use of design-build has outpaced every other market sector — and it’s still growing. In December 2015, DBIA surveyed DOT Owners to find out how many design-build projects their department had completed, and the results show a more than 600% increase since FHWA’s survey in 2002.

Maximizing Success in Integrated Projects: An Owner’s Guide (2015)

Findings from a robust empirical study of more than 200 capital facility projects revealed that owners should consider an overall project delivery strategy when structuring design and construction services, rather than focusing exclusively on the delivery method. In particular, the study finds that those strategies which align the core project team — Owner, designers, primary builder and key specialty trades — are more effective in meeting or exceeding goals related to cost, schedule and quality. Additional related documents include:

Research Report: Examining the Role of Integration in the Success of Building Construction Projects
Report FAQs
Report Questionnaire

McGraw Hill SmartReport, Managing Uncertainty and Expectations in Building Design and Construction (2014)

This study is based on the presumption that design and construction is an imperfect process with a variety of inherent uncertainties. The study aimed to help project teams identify, anticipate and mitigate the conditions and factors driving that uncertainty, so that Owners might adjust their expectations of project team performance accordingly.

McGraw Hill SmartReport on Project Delivery Systems (2014)

Research reveals that while Owners, architects and contractors in the buildings sector all agree that the choice of a delivery system impacts project cost, schedule, and client satisfaction, perspectives on which of the three established delivery systems can best deliver these and other benefits often vary widely by player.

Design-Build Project Delivery Used for Nearly 40 Percent of Non-Residential Construction Projects, Report Shows (2014)

The results of a study conducted by RSMeans on the growing use of design-build indicate that for the first time more than half of projects above $10 million are being completed through design-build project delivery. The study also confirms that the use of design-build has remained steady since its growth spurt at the end of the last decade, and also that Oregon and the Military sector lead the nation in design-build expenditures.

Influence of Project Delivery on Sustainable, High Performance Buildings (2010)

This report illustrates how project-delivery methods help achieve sustainable, high-performance building projects. The findings are synthesized from a two-year study that collected data through 230 surveys, 92 procurement documents and 12 in-depth case studies.

The State of Design-Build (2011)

Mortenson Construction surveyed design-build industry leaders at the 2010 Design-Build Conference and Expo and compiled their responses regarding the state of the industry.

Influence of Project Delivery Methods on Achieving Sustainable High Performance Buildings: Report on Case Studies (2010)

Researchers sought to determine the effect of delivery methods and practices on the level of integration achieved in projects, and the repercussions of integration levels on the outcomes of projects emphasizing sustainability goals. The report supplements and validates research that produced the previous report. It consists of 12 in-depth case studies of the project delivery phase and compared them with building performance at project completion.

CII/Penn State Study (1999)

This study of delivery systems found that design-build offers equal or higher quality than other commonly used delivery methods. The main findings are that, compared to the traditionally used design-bid-build, design-build delivers projects with an average 6% cost savings, 12% faster construction speed, and 33% faster overall project delivery. In fact, design-build outperformed design-bid-build in every category on a 10 point scale.


CareerSpot is the Design-Build Institute of America’s interactive career board. As the center of expertise in design-build project delivery, DBIA is uniquely positioned to connect employers and career seekers who share an interest, passion and commitment to integrated project delivery and the design and construction industry.

CareerSpot for Employers

Post a job, search resumes and find the right person for the job.

CareerSpot for Job Seekers

Post your resume, search job openings and find your dream job. Posting a resume is free! You can also find job listings by joining our LinkedIn group.


Project Database

Share Your Design-Build Project

DBIA provides the design-build industry a unique opportunity to showcase successful design-build projects. Add your project details and photos to show off your good work and share insights into the successes driving the design-build movement nationwide. Owners and practitioners alike can use the DBIA database to see the latest design-build projects across all sectors, sizes and types. Once completed, your information can also be used to build the foundation for an entry into our annual Design-Build Awards Competition.

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DBIA Publications

Design-Build Done Right® Blog

DBIA’s newly revamped blog is the most timely way to keep in touch with our industry real-time with regular news updates and insightful analysis on the issues more important to design-build practitioners and Owners. Get the latest here.

Integration Quarterly

DBIA’s Integration Quarterly (IQ) magazine provides a diverse collection of articles including; legislative updates, industry trend articles, thought leadership, features on design-build best practices, projects and opinion pieces.

Individual copies of back issues are available for $20 each for DBIA members, $25 for non-members. Contact Kim Wright to order: kwright@dbia.org.

To advertise in IQ magazine, please email the PAI Sales team or call (202) 454-7535.

Insight E-Newsletter

DBIA also produces a weekly e-newsletter for our members, Design-Build Insight. The e-newsletter includes the latest industry news, updates from DBIA, a calendar of upcoming events and news from DBIA members.

View back issues here.

Webinar Subscription Service

Easy access to live and on-demand webinars and hundreds of hours of recorded conference sessions — all at a discounted price!

DBIA’s webinar subscription service provides easy access to online education offerings through our Design-Build Done Right® Webinar Series and to more than 200 archived conference recordings.

The subscription service is especially beneficial to DBIA certification credential holders and/or certification candidates who won’t need to order required professional development one webinar at a time.

This one-year subscription service is offered at a 50 percent discount from the regular rate and will begin from the date of purchase.


Annual subscriptions begin at $625.00. This discount represents a significant 50 percent savings from the individual webinar pricing.

Package A: 25 max sessions, $625/yr
Package B: 50 max sessions, $1,250/yr
Package C: 100 max sessions, $2,500/yr
Package D: 200 max sessions, $5,000/yr

Note: Individuals must register to receive credit. If one individual registers for three (3) different sessions, either live or archived, three (3) sessions will be deducted from the allotment. If a team of five (5) people is planning to view a webinar (one location or multiple), all five (5) must be registered to receive credit and five (5) sessions will also be counted against the available allotment.

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