The design-build contracting method-a project delivery system that includes an agreement to perform both design and construction under one contract between an owner and a design-builder-has been growing in popularity over the past 20 years in both the private and public sectors. To help make sense of this resource-saving, more flexible process, theBuilding Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International and the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC)have co-publishedThe Property Professional's Guide to the Design-Build Process.

The publication includes topics such as understanding the design-build process; identifying key elements of a building owner's and manager's organization that are essential to putting design-build concepts into place successfully; selecting a design-build team; managing risk for design-build projects; and understanding important design-build operational issues.