Expanding a Network of Design-Build Professionals in New England

January 4, 2017 by

jdaigneaultThroughout my eight years estimating water and wastewater projects all over the country, I have had the opportunity to estimate work stemming from various delivery methods. Early on, the majority of projects were competitively bid as lump sum – or design-bid-build – and were extremely competitive in a declining economy. As the market adjusted to the changing conditions, PC Construction and other contractors saw a bit of a shift that brought engineers and contractors together to collaborate on the delivery of a project through a design-build procurement. The result? The client is able to get their project started more quickly, reduce schedule durations and lower overall costs.

As a younger member of the PC Construction team, I saw this as a good opportunity to sharpen my skills and continue to grow in my estimating role. After passing the exam and obtaining certification, I was presented with the opportunity to join the Design-Build Institute of America New England Chapter board of directors as a Young Professional. Since most of my work focused on projects outside of New England, I find it is beneficial to network with this group of professionals while also bringing some of my lessons learned and experiences to the region.

While delivery methods vary depending on project requirements and goals, design-build is becoming increasingly attractive to clients. And by promoting and strengthening the benefits of design-build, I hope to see this delivery shift, and resulting success stories, continue well into the future.