Instructor: Bonnie Prinse
Credit Hours: 3.00

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Course Description


This is the third and final part of a three-part series dedicated to the Design-Build and the dynamic relationship between the contractor and the building designer. This course delves into how the design builder prepares a proposal budget and how to appoint a proposal team. This course discusses the eleven major elements that must be included in the design build contract. The standard form of contracts offered by a number of various professional societies are presented, followed by a discussion on why using these practices are ideal for projects under 35 million dollars. We compare, contrast, and discuss the differences among them.

The final section of this course examines how the risk management system of bonds and insurance, indemnification, and hold harmless terms allocate risk and protect stakeholders. The course also presents detailed information on the three major types of compensation used in design build. The final section of this course is devoted to detailing procedures from project kickoff to project closeout. We describe the pre-performance conference, punch lists, and project commissioning.



Course Objectives


Upon successful completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Describe why performance specifications must be used in D-B, rather than design specifications and indicate how to set a proposal budget, appoint the proposal team, and start work immediately
  • Describe the eleven major elements that must be included in the terms and conditions of a Design-Build contract and explain why standard form contracts are a "best practice" for projects under $35 Million
  • Recognize the attributes of, and differences among, the AIA, EJCDC, AGC, FIDIC and DBIA standard form contracts and discuss how the risk management system of bonds and insurance, indemnification, and hold harmless terms allocates risk and protects the stakeholders
  • Evaluate the three major types of compensation strategies for D-B contracts, discuss progress payments and describe the advantages and disadvantages of D-B to the owner, the builder and design professional • Verify when to use Design-Build and when not to use Design-Build


Instructor Bio


Ms. Prinse holds a BS Degree in Environmental Studies from Eckerd College and has pursued master degree studies in Aquatic Zoology at the University of South Florida. She has written scientific portions of impact statements for wetland/upland land delineation, endangered species studies, and water quality testing while employed with a civil engineering and architectural firm in Tampa, FL. Her experience in environmental studies and new construction lend itself to documentary film making, particularly environmental stories that have taken her to the Amazon in Peru and to Costa Rica. Most recently her involvement with earthen construction projects led to a video production showcasing the benefits of building “green.”



Other Approvals


Florida Construction Contractor (FCILB): 0611356
Idaho Building Contractors: BTEC011
Oregon Construction Contractors Board (CCB) - Commercial: AIA J607CCA16
American Institute of Architects (AIA): J607CCA16