1st Edition

Contracting for Design and Construction Services in the Public Sector

By John O. Adler Copyright 2024
    302 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    What makes the procurement of design and construction services different from the procurement of goods and services? Construction projects tend to be bigger, more expensive, more complex, and often more challenging than other procurements. In this timely new book, author John Adler outlines the design and construction procurement process step by step. He captures the procurement approaches for design and construction that have dominated the industry during the past two decades, including Design-Build, Construction Manager/General Contractor, and Public-Private Partnerships. John explores these and other approaches from practical and public procurement best practice perspectives, examining the inherent advantages and disadvantages of each approach and capturing recommended policies and procedures. Topics covered include:

    • The most common project risks and how responsibility for those risks is allocated through design and construction contracts
    • Steps in the project planning process, including capital planning, project management, budgeting processes, and financing tools for construction projects
    • Construction project delivery methods, including the traditional Design-Bid-Build, Design-Build, Construction Manager at Risk, Job Order Contracting, and Public-Private Partnerships
    • Qualifications-based selection for design and architectural services and the administration of design contracts
    • How to select a construction contractor
    • Contract administration for construction projects
    • An overview of social, environmental, and economic issues in design and construction

    Contracting for Design and Construction Services in the Public Sector is an easy and entertaining read for public procurement practitioners, ranging from entry-level practitioners to seasoned professionals and managers. It’s an important book for public sector project management, construction, and design professionals, as well as businesses wishing to market construction and design services to state and local governments. The text may also serve as a supplemental resource for undergraduate public procurement and supply chain students.

    1. Introduction  2. Public Design and Construction Contract Risks  3. Planning and Budgeting  4. Construction Project Delivery Methods  5. Qualification-Based Selection of Professional Services  6. Construction Contract Procurement  7. Construction Contract Administration  8. Construction Procrurement Environmental and Social Responsibility


    John O. Adler, CPPO, is a seasoned procurement professional with more than 40 years of experience, culminating in his role as Arizona’s State Procurement Director. When he was given responsibility for managing a construction program for a wildlife conservation agency, John developed his own research and training program that later became a specialized NIGP (Institute for Public Procurement) construction and design procurement workshop delivered throughout the US and Canada. John has been a member and officer of many professional associations, including NIGP, National Contract Management Association (NCMA), and Institute for Supply Management (ISM). He is the Past President and a Life Member of the National Association of State Procurement Officers (NASPO), former chair of the Procurement and Materials Management Committee and director for the American Public Transit Association (APTA), and he is a trainer for NIGP, NASPO, and the National Transit Institute (NTI) at Rutgers University. John recently retired as vice president of procurement for Dallas Area Rapid Transit, where he was responsible for more than $3B in public works construction.

    "John Adler brings to construction his unique ability to promote innovative procurement practices. He describes advanced delivery methods like design-build, construction management at-risk, and P3 while offering insight into how they are implemented contractually. Adler demystifies the design contracting process, adds an important chapter on construction contract administration, and nicely incorporates relevant practices from federal contracting that are widely adopted in state and local construction contracting. His integration of risk management is excellent. This book belongs on the bookshelf of every public procurement professional."
    Richard Pennington, J.D., CPPO, co-author of Legal Aspects of Public ProcurementThird Edition (2020) and former Colorado State Purchasing Director, USA