Design-Build Contracting Documents

"Design-Build" is short-hand for a contracting arrangement in which an Owner contracts with a single entity to both design and build a project -- that entity is usually referred to as the Design-Builder.  Several industry organizations offer standard contracting documents for this arrangement, each with slightly different emphasis or orientation.  These documents are available for purchase, mostly in electronic format.

 

Design-Build Institute of America, Inc (DBIA), www.dbia.org

DBIA specializes in contract documents for design-build. Their most commonly used documents are:

  • DBIA 520 - Standard Form of Preliminary Agreement Between Owner and Design-Builder (requires DBIA 535).
  • DBIA 525 - Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Design-Builder - Lump Sum.
  • DBIA 530 - Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Design-Builder - Cost Plus Fee with an Option For A Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) (requires DBIA 535).
  • DBIA 535 - Standard Form of General Conditions of Contract Between Owner and Design-Builder.

DBIA documents are available at www.dbia.org or call (202) 682-0110. DBIA also publishes contracting guides, a manual of practice and other documents on various aspects of design-build.

 

American Institute of Architects (AIA), www.aia.org.

AIA's Owner-Design-Building contract document is:

  • AIA A141 - Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Design-Builder.

Where to Buy:  www.aia.org.

 

Engineers' Joint Contract Documents Committee (EJCDC), www.ejcdc.org.

EJCDC's Owner-Design-Builder contract documents are:

  • EJCDC D-520 - Standard Form of Agreement between Owner and Design-Builder on Stipulated Price Basis.
  • EJCDC D-525 - Standard Form of Agreement between Owner and Design-Builder on the Cost-Plus Basis. 
  • EJCDC D-700 - Standard General Conditions of the Contract Between Owner and Design/Builder. 

Where to Buy:   www.ejcdc.org.

 

ConsensusDOCS, www.consensusdocs.org.

ConsensusDocs most commonly used design-build contract documents are:

  • 400 - Preliminary Agreement Between Owner and Design-Builder (through schematic design only, to be used with either 410 or 415)
  • 410 - Standard Form of Agreement and General Conditions Between Owner and Design-Builder (Cost of Work Plus Fee with GMP)
  • 415 - Standard Form of Agreement and General Conditions Between Owner and Design-Builder (Lump Sum).

Where to Buy:  www.consensusdocs.org.