Design-build is a method of project delivery in which the State of Alaska executes a single contract with one entity (the Design-Builder) for design and construction services to provide a finished product.
In a traditional contract, the design process is completed prior to advertising the construction contract (design-bid-build). The traditional approach minimizes risk but frequently takes longer. There is no opportunity for the construction contractor to interact with the designer. By utilizing the Design Build contract, the designer and contractor work together to take advantage of the contractors strengths, equipment and preferred construction methods. Ideally, the result is a better project completed in less time.
The attractiveness of design-build lies mainly in the promise of innovation stemming from the designer/builder collaboration. If the process is applied to the right project, with the right controls in place, the public gets a quality product in a shorter time.