New Design-Build Legislation in MO

By on August 29, 2016

From PR Newswire:  For two decades, countless lawmakers, municipal and county officials, and engineering and construction professionals have worked behind the scenes to enact legislation that would allow local Missouri public agencies to use the design-build construction process for everything from roads and bridges to water and wastewater infrastructure. This week, the long-awaited Missouri House Bill 2376 goes into effect authorizing any local political subdivision, such as a municipality or school district, to procure projects through a single contract with a design-build contractor.

Design-build is a best value-based construction method known to be a less expensive and much faster, lower risk to clients with a higher value than typical construction delivery methods, because it uses a single entity to provide both the design and construction of a project. Missouri will now join 25 other states in the country where design-build is permitted.

“This is a big win for Missouri taxpayers,” says Bill Quatman, who chairs the board for the Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) and is the general legal counsel for Burns & McDonnell. Quatman testified in support of this legislation and helped draft several iterations of the bill over the last decade. “Study after study shows that owners like single-point accountability through design-build, where one entity accepts responsibility for both design and construction risk.”

“Until now, many public agencies in Missouri were forced to go simply with the lowest bidder on construction projects, regardless of qualifications. That’s like picking a doctor based only on the cost of the office visit. In our industry, we find that can be a risky proposition that could result in anything from construction related claims to unexpected costs and change orders that snowball during the project.”

The bill targets political subdivisions with the power to tax, such as cities, townships, municipalities, counties, water districts, and school districts.

“This bill is critical in helping smaller townships and communities maintain and rebuild their infrastructure,” says Ron Coker, senior vice president of the Water Group at Burns & McDonnell, who says the bill enables small communities to utilize a proven project delivery method that reduces risk, reduces construction time and eases the burden on already overloaded city staff.

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  1. Geoff Crowley

    08/30/2016 at 3:51 PM

    Way to go AIA Missouri for getting your Bill 2376 passed and signed into law. It was AIA Missouri’s tireless work over the last 7 plus years that made sure there was a bill that still protected public subdivisions. I think some credit for AIA Missouri is being overlooked.