Design-Build Procurement Best Practices and Lessons Learned for Owners

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Establishing early process and procedures can help facilitate the success of the project moving forward. Many Owners are making the transition from a Design-Bid-Build methodology/ideology to a Design-Build project delivery, from a low-bid practice to an integrative, collaborative contracting methodology. This paper explores best practices for the 'Procurement Team' to implement as part of a successful project delivery. After a project delivery method is selected, now comes the challenging part – establishing the team to deliver the project. For agencies in the early stages of using DB, how to set up the team, roles and responsibilities, process and procedures of how the procurement phase will be implemented and managed is critical. Design-Build can present many challenges starting in procurement phase, developing the RFQ, RFP and implementation starting with how different department work together, how decisions are made, the roles and responsibilities of the ‘Procurement Team” . Much attention is paid to project delivery selection…but establishing the ‘team’ is just as important in a projects success. 


1. Establish a Procurement Team that will deliver the procurement through a holistic cradle-to-grave project lens  

2. Identify Process and Procedures to enable timely Owner decisions during the procurement phase  

3. Define Roles and Responsibilities for the procurement phase across all Owner stakeholder functions  

4. Compile a Project Management Plan that documents the roadmap to a successful Design-Build procurement

Allison Agliardo, PE

Associate Principal


Allison Agliardo is a Project Management Professional and Professional Engineer with more that 20 years’ experience on various Design-Build, Construction Manager/General Contractor and Public Private Partnerships projects. She has experience in all aspects of major capital projects from project initiation, project delivery selection, risk identification and mitigation, funding strategy, to contract administration and management. Allison holds degrees in Civil Engineering and Geology.

Simon Rule

Associate Principal


Simon Rule is an Associate Principal in Arup’s New York office with over 30 years of global experience in the planning, procurement and delivery of programs and projects for private and public clients. He has worked with Owners such as New York State Thruway Authority, Long Island Rail Road, NYC Department of Design & Construction and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, helping them establish and deliver their Design-Build programs and projects.


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