One Size Does Not Fit All: Uncovering the Flexibility of Design-Build

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CONTENT EXPIRES: December 31, 2023

Design-build project delivery has grown in popularity, accounting for nearly half of all design and construction in the United States. This growth can be attributed, in part, to the flexibility of design-build, including an Owner’s option to choose from among key variations: Two-Phase Best-Value Design-Build and Progressive Design-Build. Review DBIA’s new position state on the flexibility of design-build and leave the session with an in-depth understanding of the commonalities and distinguishing characteristics of the two most common design-build procurement approaches – best value and progressive.


1) Understand the commonalities and distinguishing characteristics of the two most common design-build procurement approaches – best value and progressive.

2) Dive deep into nuances of team selection, design, and price with both these variations.

3) Discuss the considerations and tradeoffs the Owner must make in selecting one variation over the other.

4) Understand DBIA’s position on the use of these, and other, variations of design-build.

Craig H. Unger, FDBIA


Unger Security Solutions, LLC

Craig Unger is Principal and CEO of Unger Security Solutions, LLC, providing consulting services for acquisition management; project delivery; and advisory services for the security and detention environment.  Mr. Unger founded the business upon his retirement from the federal government in 2003.

Mr. Unger was appointed by the Attorney General of the United States in August 2001, to serve as the Justice Department's Federal Detention Trustee.  As a career civil servant with over 26 years of service, Mr. Unger achieved the highest leadership role (Senior Executive Service) before retiring as a Federal Law Enforcement Officer with the Justice Department.

Additionally, Mr. Unger served as President of the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA 2003 – 2004) and is regarded as a leader of the integrated project delivery design-build movement in the public sector.

Mr. Unger has an extensive background in various alternative disputes resolution (ADR) techniques to include Facilitating numerous Partnering Workshops, Mediation Services, and a former member of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority Disputes Resolution Board.

Mr. Unger is a nationally recognized lecturer throughout the industry and has authored numerous articles and publications, including US Congressional reports and testimony.  He received a BA in Accounting from Bloomsburg University; a MBA from West Virginia University; and attended Harvard University for post graduate work.  He is also a Veteran of the US Marine Corps.

Craig is also the winner of DBIA’s Brunelleschi Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest honor DBIA bestows.

Marty Hedlund, PE, CPC, LEED AP, DBIA

Sr. Vice President

Sundt Construction, Inc.

Mr. Hedlund joined Sundt Construction in 1984 and currently serves as a Regional Vice President for the Southwest District responsible for Sundt’s vertical construction in Arizona. Mr. Hedlund has served in the roles of field engineer, project engineer, project superintendent, project manager and project director for over 30 years constructing offices, corporate headquarters, data centers, schools and other commercial projects. A Registered Professional Civil Engineer in Arizona, Mr. Hedlund received his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Stanford University. Mr. Hedlund has widely presented on many topics including leadership, alternative project delivery, Lean construction and building information modeling (BIM).

Mr. Hedlund’s industry involvement includes nine years on the Design-Build Institute of America National Certification Board, which is responsible for upholding the standards of the DBIA Certified Professional designation as well as the testing and application processes. In 2011, Mr. Hedlund served as Chair of that board. He has also been active in the Arizona Builder’s Alliance (ABA), currently on its Board of Directors and served as its Chair in 2018. Mr. Hedlund is also active with the Build Your Future Arizona Coalition, Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and the Valley of the Sun YMCA.

Mr. Hedlund is an avid golfer, husband of 30 years to wife, Ellen, proud father of two young adults, and happy to be giving back to an industry that has given so much to him.


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