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DBIA Document No. 520, Standard Form of Preliminary Agreement Between Owner and Design-Builder ("Agreement") is for preliminary services only, not for construction services, and shall be used when Owner decides not to contract for the complete design and construction at one time. Use of this Agreement anticipates a two-stage approach to the Project, whereby Owner retains the Design-Builder to assist in the review and/or development of Owner's Project Criteria and for preliminary Schematic Design Documents.
Then, depending upon the Design-Builder's Proposal, Owner has the option of contracting for final design and construction services by executing either DBIA Document No. 525, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Design-Builder -- Lump Sum, 2010 Edition, or DBIA Document No. 530, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Design-Builder -- Cost Plus Fee with an Option for a Guaranteed Maximum Price, 2010 Edition. DBIA Document No. 525 and DBIA Document No. 530 can also be used when Owner desires preliminary services as part of a complete design-build contract.
Under this Agreement, Design-Builder provides a Schematic Design and a Proposal for the completion of the design and construction. If Owner has not completed its Project Criteria before executing this Agreement, the Agreement allows for Owner to pay Design-Builder to assist in the development of Owner's Project Criteria as an Additional Service. If Owner does not accept the Proposal Design-Builder prepares under this Agreement, Owner may select another design-builder to complete the final design and construction.
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