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Design-build has become an ever-growing phenomenon within the commercial building industry. As reported on the Design Build Industry of America (DBIA) website, “over half of owners have already or will use design-build in the next five years.” This also represents approximately 44% of the construction spending expected to take place in the nonresidential, highway/street and water/wastewater marketplace by 2021.

As a result, an increasing number of contractors and construction firms are now incorporating in-house design capabilities into their services and business initiatives.

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