While design excellence can be understood in many ways, and is primarily advocated by the owner in the early phases of procurement, design-build delivery carries with it a team-wide responsibility to gain a full understanding of the owner’s intentions and the factors that will drive value into the process and outcome.
While varying definitions and perspectives on design excellence exist, two things are clear to DBIA:
1. Design excellence should be the goal of every design-build project, regardless of sector, budget, time or other constraints.
2. Design excellence will have variations in definition within each sector and, equally important, design excellence will have a unique interpretation to every owner.
With the rapid expansion of design-build project delivery, it is imperative that design-build teams include and promote excellence in both the design and construction of projects.
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