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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 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:

Where to Buy:  www.aia.org.

 

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

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

Where to Buy:   www.ejcdc.org.

 

ConsensusDOCS, www.consensusdocs.org.

ConsensusDocs most commonly used design-build contract documents are:

Where to Buy:  www.consensusdocs.org.