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Project Delivery

Note from the editor

Dear readers, 

Long before a general contractor sets foot on a jobsite, an owner has charted the course for stakeholder interactions throughout the life of that project, with its selection of a project delivery method.  

While many owners opt for the compartmentation of design-bid-build, studies suggest that design-build, once considered an "alternative" approach, might overtake this "traditional" method. Meanwhile, the pressure to deliver complex projects on tight budgets is driving a leaner strategy that loops contractors into early design stages, such as through the integrated project delivery framework.  

Public-private partnerships haven't taken off in the U.S. like they have in other countries, but President Donald Trump's ambitious infrastructure plan could drive the creation of state and local government policy that's more attractive to private investors, some say.  

It's an evolving picture, no doubt, and to keep you apprised of it, Construction Dive will keep this page up to date with new trends and developments in project delivery strategy and adoption. Here are some highlights of our coverage over the last year.  

Thanks for reading, 

Jean Dimeo Managing Editor

Report: Design-build to deliver almost half of US projects by 2021

Why P3s can be a project delivery method worth the risk

When executed properly, public-private partnerships can be a win-win for those on both sides of the aisle.

The strengths and challenges of integrated project delivery

Top takeaways from the US' biggest design-build event

At its 2018 conference, the Design-Build Institute of America reflected on the delivery method's progression from "alternative" to one that accounts for nearly half of all nonresidential projects.

Design-build risk abounds, but can be mitigated

Risk is in the eye of the beholder, an experienced consultant says, and spread uniformly across projects. The trick isn't identifying risk, but finding effective ways to manage it.

How owners select project delivery methods

Company culture, previous experience, technology and more influence what method an owner selects.

The real-world case for lean construction

Lean integrated project delivery gives contractors a window into waste that they might otherwise miss.

Why project delivery methods are limited for public projects

Process roadblocks and owner aversion stand in the way of more collaborative approaches, but a spotlight on success stories could lead to wider adoption.