Design-Build Contractors Get Ready to Go Back to School


For bid requests issued on or after July 1, 2016, California school districts, with approval of their governing board, Schoolmay procure design-build contracts for projects in excess of $1M, awarding the contract to either the low bid or the best value. The threshold currently is $2.5M. The new threshold was enacted as part of Assembly Bill 1358 (Dababneh) and will remain in place until January 1, 2025, unless a later enacted statute deletes or extends that date. As those in the industry already familiar, “design-build” refers to “a project delivery process in which both the design and construction of a project are procured from a single entity.” Design-build contractors should also take note that the new law will require that certain information is verified under penalty of perjury.

Photo:  Alan Levine, School, Taken May 24, 2012 – Creative Commons