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COAA was founded in 1994 to serve the interests of construction project owners. COAA is comprised of a diverse group of men and women representing construction project owners throughout America.


The Benefits and Risks of Design-Assist Contracting

Session Number: 23A


Date: 11/16/2018 09:45 AM - 11/16/2018 10:45 AM

Session Speakers

Brian Perlberg, JD , ConsensusDocs

Bryan Hubbard, PhD , Purdue University

Cy Rangel , Purdue University

Joseph M. Leone , Drewry Simmons Vornehm, LLP


Contracting methods that foster early collaboration in the design process such as Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), Design-Build (DB), and Construction Management at Risk (CMAR) are evolving and becoming increasingly common in construction. Subcontractors with specialized design knowledge are also brought on early in the design process to support the design and construction process. Design services provided by subcontractors may not always be adequately covered under your contracts, and Design-Assist contracting has emerged as a new method to clarify design responsibilities. You will learn the benefits and risks associated with Design-Assist contracting and provide a better understanding of this emerging tool that is increasingly being adopted. You will also gain an overview of the just released ConsensusDocs design-assist agreement, which is the first industry standard design-assist contract. A panel of experts in construction contracts with a focus on Design-Assist has been assembled to explain Design-Assist contracting and discuss the associated benefits and risks. Panel representatives include: Brian Perlberg, Senior Counsel for AGC and Executive Director of ConsensusDocs. Joe Leone ,Partner with Drewry Simmons and Vornehm focused on construction contract law. Cy Rangel, Senior Project Manager at Purdue University Capital Management Program. Bryan Hubbard, Associate Professor in the School of Construction Management at Purdue University.