College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Philip Barlow, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


Design-Build is the project-delivery system of the future but is not without pain points. The Design-Build system is an efficient form of project delivery that has a strong focus on relationships and can begin the construction phase while the design phase is still active. This study aims to identify and analyze the additional challenges or pain points that arise when Design-Build construction is taking place in an unfamiliar location and distant from the company office. The pain points are identified with field staff feedback through the form of survey responses. This study uses The Neenan Company as an example because Neenan is a successful Design-Build style company that takes many jobs outside of their home region. The pain points identified with field staff survey input are compared against the Design-Build Institute of America's list of 10 best practices for Design-Build. This study found that the industry would benefit from more education on the practices of Design-Build for subcontractors and general contractor staff. This conclusion is based off of the primary pain point identified which was working with a new subcontractor base that often did not understand the differences of Design-Build construction from traditional construction.