School design-build pilot program created in Illinois
Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed legislation (HB5593) to establish a pilot program for school districts to use the design-build construction delivery method.
The method allows architects, engineers and construction contractors to pick their partners and be hired as a team, expediting project completion by allowing early phases of construction to begin as the building design is still being developed.
The pilot program follows intervention from construction organizations including the Illinois Mechanical and Specialty Contractors Association (IMSCA), which argued that the legislation in its original form should be defeated, unless it was modified to be a restricted pilot program.