I hope that this new 2014 version will allow the builder to manage the project in stages, instead of predicting costs and costs in advance, without having completed the design plans of the project beforehand. Design documents are used whenever an owner hires a business to carry out both planning and construction, whether it is a new building or a renovation project. The “design builder” is usually a general contractor who awards contracts with or consult with an architect to carry out the design work. If the construction designer assumes non-insurable responsibility under the project plan, the design professional in the project plan should be implicated and exclude any liability for delays caused in whole or in part by others. The construction designer is not part of a joint venture in design-build (and has agreed to participate in the debts of the joint venture) if the design professional never assumes responsibility for delays that lie outside the building expert`s control area. While design professionals may fear the risk of a design project, contractors find that making construction available reduces their risk of litigation more than projects with Bid-Build or CM-at-Risk design projects.  If the contractor and design professional are able to collaborate effectively, communicate and work as a team, the construction expert may be better placed to control the risks of a design construction project than for a bid-build design construction project where a contractor dynamic can occur. The prudent design expert should consider insisting on the inclusion of design quotas in each project proposal and defining the circumstances under which the design quota is used by the design team. In addition, the contractor may consider adapting the levy to be included in the proposal to protect against the increased construction costs associated with the changing design that the contractor may request to recover from the design expert. When a design project proposal is in the works, the design professional`s expenses are based on certain assumptions of the design expert, including, but not only, the level of performance, the planned project schedule, the design team partners and the terms of the design agreement. As with any project, the design agreement provisions have a significant impact on the risk that the project manager takes in a construction project and must be considered in terms of the project.
In this sense, the 2014 version of the design construction documents is based on the AIA 191 Design Build Part I and Part II format of 1997. The 2014 build design documents start from the 2004 version, with project-wide pricing even pre-set for incomplete design plans. This is a sensible approach because it would be difficult to determine the amount of contracts without the completion of project plans and specifications. While DBIA recognizes that the “best practices” are that the most important design construction agreement meets the expected standards for the maintenance of design services, contractors who have limited experience in entering into a contract with design professionals are often ill-equipped to negotiate with the owner on standard care issues. If the design professional has a “seat at the table,” when it is time to negotiate the first-class design construction agreement, the design professional is able to identify and potentially modify the provisions that increase the design professional`s exposure to uninsurable requirements. If the design professional is not consulted on the terms of the premium design construction contract, this may create an increased risk for the design professional without a corresponding increase in remuneration.