1 July 1998
THE DESIGN-BUILD PROCESS
2-1. GENERAL. A major responsibility of the Corps of Engineers is to ensure that customer
requirements, construction quality, public laws, executive orders, and mandatory design inputs
are incorporated into the final constructed product, resulting in a high quality project delivered
within the programmed dollar amount. Fulfilling this responsibility is different for the Design
Criteria Professionals in a Design-Build project than from a conventional design-bid-build
project because the Design Criteria Professionals provide criteria not detailed in final design
specifications. In order to fulfill this responsibility, a sound understanding of the D-B process is
2-2. DESIGN-BUILD PROCESS. Normally, there are six basic phases in the Design-Build
process. They are: Acquisition Planning, Predesign Activities, Develop Request for Proposal,
Issue RFP and Receive Proposals, Evaluations and Contract Award, and Administer Awarded
Contract. ER 1180-1-9 "Design-Build Contracting" provides detailed explanations of phases
and activities. Design Criteria Professionals should be knowledgeable of the responsibilities
that occur at each of these phases to ensure a quality product in the final design. Activities
that Design Criteria Professionals should be involved in include:
(1) Determining whether a project is suited to be acquired by the Design-Build
(2) Determining if the Government agency has the necessary resources to complete the
project as a Design-Build project.
(3) Determining whether Design-Build RFP technical specifications should be prepared
in-house or by an A-E firm.
(4) Determining evaluation factors.
(5) Determining the Project Criteria Approach.
(6) Establishing project schedule and budget.
(7) Scheduling data gathering.
(8) Preparing RFP schedule.
(9) Preparing, or reviewing if prepared by an A-E firm, the technical aspects of the
(10) Conducting discussions during negotiations.
(11) Preparing schedule for amendments.