An owner’s choice of project delivery will influence the final product and results.  When the decision is made to use the design-build process for project implementation, the owner’s selection process becomes the foundation for the project’s success.  Here are some things to consider.

•    The selection of the design/build team should be based on qualifications and demonstrated competence
•    Develop goals and selection criteria for the interview process
•    Review the qualifications and interview key personnel
•    Review and determine the capacity of the design/build team to perform the work
•    Review the design/build team’s project plan (tasks and schedule)
•    Solicit design/build team’s ideas for design, means and methods, sequencing and value

As a manager responsible for design/build team selection I never asked about the price.  It was always my goal to establish a highly collaborative atmosphere for the project with the design/build team becoming a strategic partner in developing the scope, design, innovation, construction means and methods, budgeting and scheduling.
If you are inclined to use price as a criteria, consider limiting the cost based items to design/builder’s fee and anticipated general condition expenses.

Steve Hage is a Development Consultant with Miller Architects and Builders. With forty years of experience as both an owner and contractor Steve has been responsible for the negotiated construction of over 25,000,000 square feet of retail, office, industrial, hospitality and multi-family projects across the United States of America. With a commitment to never settle the results are award winning design providing outstanding value for all stakeholders. steveh@millerab.com 320.251.4109 | 320.249.0873 c PO Box 1228 | St. Cloud, MN | 56302 | www.millerab.com