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DBIA Manual of Practice

DBIA Manual of Practice

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The Design-Build Manual of Practice is an authoritative guidebook about single-source responsibility contracting

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Chapter 1 - Design-Build Introduction

Chapter 1 - Design-Build Introduction

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An introduction to design-build principles. 

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Chapter 2 - Design-Build Definitions

Chapter 2 - Design-Build Definitions

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Where applicable, these definitions reflect those used in statutes and regulations and other statements of policy. In other cases, they represent emerging consensus in the design-build community as understood or advocated by DBIA.

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Chapter 3 – Legislative Guide for Innovative Project Delivery Methods

Chapter 3 – Legislative Guide for Innovative Project Delivery Methods

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This publication provides a road map for stakeholders in the design and construction industry interested in working with legislative and regulatory bodies to approve innovative methods of project delivery.

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Chapter 4 – Enactment and Application of the Model Design-Build Procurement Act

Chapter 4 – Enactment and Application of the Model Design-Build Procurement Act

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This chapter provides guidance for achieving enactment of a statute or ordinance authorizing the use of design-build procurement by a state or local government agency. The central focus is upon the Model Design-Build Procurement Act which was developed in 1995 by the Building Futures Council (BFC) after a two-year study of alternative contracting methods and procurement in the public sector.

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Chapter 5 – Model Regulation for Design-Build Procurement Act (Best Value Process)

Chapter 5 – Model Regulation for Design-Build Procurement Act (Best Value Process)

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In order to comply fully with the requirements of design-build procurement statute or ordinance, this chapter lays out procedures that should be followed in selecting design-build firms to provide combined design and construction services for authorized projects.

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Chapter 6 – Competitive Acquisition of Design-Build Services: The Request for Qualifications and Request for Proposals Processes

Chapter 6 – Competitive Acquisition of Design-Build Services: The Request for Qualifications and Request for Proposals Processes

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In the course of acquiring a facility through design-build, an owner must make a number of critical decisions that can influence how successful the project will be. Without question the most important decision is the selection of the design-build team. This chapter discusses principles, concepts, and best practices associated with the two most common methodologies for acquiring design-build services on a competitive basis, both of which are considered DBIA best practices.

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Chapter 7 – Utilizing Negotiated Selection

Chapter 7 – Utilizing Negotiated Selection

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This chapter is guidance for owners who wish to select a design-build firm on the basis of qualitative factors. It provides guidance in the areas of strategic planning, identification of potential design-builders, selection processes and contract negotiation and award.

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Chapter 8 – Federal Design-Build Source Selection

Chapter 8 – Federal Design-Build Source Selection

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This chapter provides specific guidance for federal agencies within the framework of the Federal Acquisition Regulation. It’s consistent with and expands on policies and best practices for best value competitions described in Manual of Practice Chapter, “Competitive Acquisition of Design-Build Services: The Request for Qualifications and Request for Proposals Processes.”

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Chapter 9 – Developing Performance-Based Requirements for Design-Build Projects.

Chapter 9 – Developing Performance-Based Requirements for Design-Build Projects.

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This chapter provides practical guidance on the art of working with stakeholders to understand their desired outcome as well as challenges and constraints. Then effectively communicating that information to make the vision reality. This becomes the basis of a comprehensive acquisition strategy.

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Chapter 10 – Contract Incentives and Design-Build Acquisition

Chapter 10 – Contract Incentives and Design-Build Acquisition

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The contract between the parties is critical in determining the fate of any given design-build project. This chapter focuses on contract incentives and describes how cost incentives and award fees can be best employed in the design-build setting.

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Chapter 11 – The Proposal Process: Responding to RFQs and RFPs

Chapter 11 – The Proposal Process: Responding to RFQs and RFPs

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This chapter provides “how-to” guidance to architects, engineers and constructors as they team to respond to Requests for Qualifications (RFQs) and Requests for Proposals (RFPs). While its principal focus is upon “competitive” process responses, much of it is useful in negotiated responses as well.

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