Updated: September 29, 2022
The new design-build service will run parallel to Populous’ thriving design services for ground-up sports venues like the soccer-specific BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas; the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona; Marlins Park in Miami, Florida, and McClane Stadium at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.
Considered an alternative form of project delivery not too long ago, design-build now accounts for almost half of all nonresidential projects, according to a market study conducted by FMI. FMI found that 44% of nonresidential, road, water and wastewater projects will be delivered via design-build by 2021, representing a total project value of $1.2 trillion. Between 2018 and 2021, manufacturing (16%) and education-related (15%) construction projects are expected to demonstrate the most design-build spending.
Private owners can choose whatever delivery method they like, but some public agencies are constrained by state law. The Design-Build Institute of America maintains an up-to-date database of which states allow the design-build method for publicly funded projects, and one can see how piecemeal some of these laws are. However, the general trend over time has been to permit its use in more situations, allowing taxpayers to reap the same benefits as the private sector.
Institute CEO Lisa Washington told Construction Dive in March that one reason public agencies might not allow the design-build method of delivery is that they might have some misconceptions about how it works. For example, some incorrectly believe that the architect’s role as “trusted advisor” is automatically eliminated or that big design-builders will bring in their own subcontractors and workforce, denying opportunities to local companies. Washington said, like with any other project, the owner calls the shots and can set workforce participation requirements and any other element of the project.