Dec. 9, 2004: ASHRAE Offers Design/Build Guidance
Diamond is co-author of The ASHRAE Member's Survival Guide â€“ Design/Build, published by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). The guide provides background on the issues, consequences, and liabilities that can result for those considering executing projects using a design/build approach.
Design/build is a method of project delivery where both design and construction are executed by a single entity. The project can be competitively bid or negotiated. One firm holds all of the performance risk. The objective for the owner is to have a single point of contact for all aspects of executing the project.
"Design/build is certainly a viable and vibrant project delivery option and stands equally alongside traditional delivery approaches in cost, schedule, quality, and customer satisfaction, but it should not be considered a panacea to all that ails the design and construction industries," Diamond said.
The guide examines roles and responsibilities of engineers in design/build, contractual agreements, contract issues, project execution strategies, liability issues, licensing laws, insurance, and risk allocation.
The guide is the third in a series overseen by ASHRAE's technical committee 1.7, Business, Management and Legal Education. The others are The ASHRAE Member's Survival Guide â€“ Contracts: A Self-Help Tool for Managing Risk Through the Use of Contract Terms and The ASHRAE Member's Survival Guide â€“ Avoiding Pitfalls in Engineering Practice.
The cost of The ASHRAE Member's Survival Guide â€“ Design/Build is $24 for non-members ($19 for ASHRAE members).
To order, contact ASHRAE Customer Service at 800-527-4723 (United States and Canada) or 404-636-8400 (worldwide), fax 404-321-5478, by mail at 1791 Tullie Circle NE, Atlanta, GA 30329, or visit ASHRAE's online bookstore at www.ashrae.org.
Publication date: 12/06/2004