By Steve Rizer
Arlington, Va. -- Expect a new position paper on design excellence to be released “in the next few months,” an official with the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) told attendees of the organization’s “2012 Federal Sector Conference: Design-Build a Better Nation” here late last month. The official, DBIA Rocky Mountain Chapter President Greg Gidez, made the announcement during a presentation to explain what the national organization considers to be design-build best practices.
A draft of the “Design Excellence” document states that “design excellence is a key component of design-build if done right, and design-build teams are well-positioned to deliver excellence in design and construction. Design-build teams should meet the owners’ needs and functional requirements while optimizing creativity and innovation.”
Toward this end, the following should be provided, according to DBIA: “memorable design that is exceptional, extraordinary, and inspirational; state-of-the-art facilities that are high-performance and sustainable; and a holistic awareness that considers site and context.
All owners and design-build teams should be mindful of their lasting impacts on the built environment,” Gidez said.