Design-build sheds its ‘alternative’ status as client uptake advances to the next level

A steady rise in the proportion of US water projects procured using design-build delivery has gone hand in hand with a trend towards increased collaboration between client and contractor. Who are the real winners in this evolving market segment?

The first in-depth report into the designbuild market for water and wastewater projects in the US – published earlier this month by the Water Design-Build Council – forecasts that design-build will account for 11% of total project spending in the sector by 2021, up from 9% in 2016.

This equates to an annual projected spend of $9 billion, with advanced wastewater treatment projects...

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