Do design-build projects preclude participation of small firms?

Not at all. In many cases smaller firms can partner with other firms to complete a project. An example of such an arrangement can occur when a small design firm does not have construction capabilities. In such a scenario, it may find a construction partner and propose on a project together as one entity. Similarly, the scenario could exist where a construction firm needs a design partner and they form a team to compete for a project. Either of the latter arrangements can provide benefits similar to those delivered by a single integrated design-build firm. Lastly, small firms can participate as specialty engineering or construction subcontractors to the design build team.

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