IN THE PRESS: Design-Build and the Structural Engineer | STRUCTURE Magazine | Feb 2020

February 6, 2020

Design Build is on the rise on large commercial and municipal projects. While it still has legal hurdles in some states, it is growing in market share as a business and delivery model.


The greater real estate and construction industry are putting pressure for compressed schedules and lower fees; 3D modeling and connectivity have provided the technology for greater cooperation across design teams and with construction teams; poor communication and lack of involvement during construction administration creates greater risk for litigation for designers and builders; acquisitions and mergers are on the rise; competition is on the rise: We predict that all these factors will lead to increased design-build designer led project delivery on everyday smaller scale projects.


Though design-build, for building projects, is typically either contractor led or architect led, we believe that there are opportunities for the Structural Engineer to “step up to the plate “ and lead design-build projects.


This essay, featured in STRUCTURE Magazine, explores the various markets forces and conditions that are contributing to increased design-build and examines ways that the Structural Engineers can become a unique leaders on the forefront of an every evolving industry.


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