Design-Build Projects in South Atlantic Boasts Highest Projected Value in U.S.

According to Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) research, in-place nonresidential design-build projects in South Atlantic U.S. are expected to value $46 million in 2018. This is the highest projected value for design-build projects of any region in the country.

McKim & Creed Regional Manager Robert Garland, PE, PG, ENV-SP, is president of DBIA Florida Region. He was recently included in an ENR special section article.

Why are design-build projects in South Atlantic increasing?

Florida was one of the first states in the nation to grant full design-build authority to public agencies. Robert attributes this to Florida’s high rate of growth in the industry. “All states should grant full design-build authority to public agencies, allowing them to deliver desired levels of service at affordable rates and to respond to natural or manmade disasters,” Robert says. “The benefits of design-build were well documented for recovery efforts after Hurricane Katrina, and benefits were recently recognized in recovery and reconstruction activities after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Design-build allowed reconstruction of the Pentagon after 911 to be completed almost a month ahead of schedule and $194 million below budget, clearly demonstrating the benefits of the best-value procurement method.”

DBIA turns 25

DBIA celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Since its inception, the use of design-build has increased dramatically in the private and public sectors. It is now widely considered a mainstream collaborative procurement method, according to Robert.

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