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Darlene M Septelka
CM 598
Seattle Campus

Special Topics

Systematic study and offering of specialized subject matter. Offered: AWSpS.

Class description

A study of the design-build process from pre-award to post-award. Pre-award phase will comprise of studying the process of defining the owner needs and translating those needs into the design criteria and the development of performance based specifications. The award phase will comprise of studying the owner’s process in developing a request for qualifications (RFQs) and a request for proposals (RFPs) for a design-build project. Techniques on how designers and builders successful respond to design-build RFQs and RFPs will also be examined. The post-award phase will include examining techniques for managing the design and construction phases of a design-build project to include consultant/subcontractor management and production planning. Student will demonstrate knowledge and practice techniques explored in a quarter long project where students will competitively respond to an RFP for a design-build project and include a formal project presentation to a jury of professionals.

Student learning goals

Distinguish the unique essential elements of design-build project delivery

Understand key teaming concepts, and how to make the “mental shift” needed to transition from traditional design-bid-build to design-build project delivery.

Describe the key players on a design-build team, and the primary roles, responsibilities, and tasks of each of these players

Explain the concept of “best value” and how the design-build procurement process works

Explain the importance and use of performance specifications and describe the performance specifying process.

Explain the key components of writing a successful RFQ and RFP and describe how to response to the RFQ and RFP such that there are no gaps between what the owner expects and what the design-build team delivers.

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Darlene M Septelka
Date: 01/08/2009