A measure, authored by State Senator David Long (R- Fort Wayne), to enable government and quasi-governmental entities to enter into “design-build” contracts for the performance of a public works project passed the Senate 43 to 6. “Design-build” refers to a system of contracting under which one entity performs both architecture/engineering and construction under a single contract. Currently, over 50 percent of construction projects in the U.S. utilize the “design-build” process.

“This format eliminates many of the extras and overages that impede the building process and add to the cost of the project,” said Long. “It promises to save the state and subsequently, taxpayers millions of dollars.”

By merging the construction and design process, the process saves time and money. “Design-build” allowed the Pentagon to be rebuilt in less than a year after the 9/11 attacks.

This method also creates a single point of responsibility for quality, cost, and schedule adherence. When a project fails to meet the requirements outlined in its contract, the blame shifts immediately to the “design-build” contractor.

“This type of build format is currently utilized in 43 states, as well as, by the federal government and the District of Columbia,” said Long. “It is time for Indiana to join the rest of the country and use this efficient system of delivering public works projects.”

This bill was supported by the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns, the Indiana Association of Counties, Indiana’s K-12 schools, and Indiana’s public universities.

The bill now moves to the House of Representatives for consideration. Representative Randy Borror (R-Fort Wayne) will sponsor the bill.

Long represents District 16, which includes portions of Allen County.

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