According to the survey, nearly half (46 percent) of survey respondents report that procurement laws in their state have effectively shut them out of acquiring public-sector design/build work. ZweigWhite says this is the highest percentage in the six years it has conducted the Design/Build Survey. Firms headquartered in the Middle Atlantic (63 percent), Mountain (57 percent), and North Central (54 percent) regions of the U.S. are most likely to report being shut out of public-sector design/build projects due to state procurement laws.
Respondents are still optimistic about design/build's future in the public sector, however. More than three-quarters of respondents predict there will be an increase in the use of design/build in the public sector in the next five years.
Other findings from the 2003 Design/Build Survey include:
The 2003 Design/Build Survey of Design & Construction Firms is available for $345, plus $4 shipping and handling. Contact ZweigWhite, P.O. Box 8325, One Apple Hill Drive, Natick, MA 01760; 508-651-1559; 508-653-6522 (fax); firstname.lastname@example.org; www.zweigwhite.com/store/svdes.
Publication date: 01/20/2003