ERIC Number: ED433681
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Design-Build in Public School Construction: A Post Hearing Briefing. A Report of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee.
California State Legislature, Sacramento. Joint Legislative Audit Committee.
The California legislature's Joint Legislative Audit Committee has issued a report on the design-build versus the design-bid-build process and offers a hybrid approach combining the two systems as a way of achieving the greatest cost efficiency at the least risk on public agencies. The cost benefits of faster delivery of the design-build method may also be attainable in the longer design-bid-build process by making certain potential adjustments to design-bid-build methodology. Examples of these adjustments include: (1) modifying existing law to allow owner selection of pre-qualified general contractors based on the three lowest bids with a percentage cap on the spread between the lowest and highest bids; and (2) allowing for Department of State Architect approval of plans that are "performance" based so that in cases where a firm price is agreed upon, the independently contracted architect/engineer could work collaboratively with the general contractor to design the project's systems. The basic components and competing attributes of both building approaches are examined, including discussions on each method's structure, level of accountability, checks and balances, risk levels, and cost savings. Concluding sections present an analysis for selecting one of these competing systems and recommendations for creating the hybrid system. (GR)
Descriptors: Administration, Bids, Comparative Analysis, Cost Effectiveness, Design Build Approach, Elementary Secondary Education, Public Schools, School Construction, State School District Relationship
Web site: http://democrats.assembly.ca.gov/members/a43/jlac.htm (full text).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: California State Legislature, Sacramento. Joint Legislative Audit Committee.
Identifiers - Location: California