Major D-B Progress in Illinois

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff November 18, 2005

The Illinois Legislature just passed SB 766, The Design-Build Procurement Act, and Governor Rod Blagojevich is expected to sign the bill, according to the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA). The House adopted the bill on November 3 by a vote of 106-9, following the Senate’s vote of 51 to 2 to adopt it on April 14th. The Act will give the Illinois Capital Development Board (CDB) the ability to use the design-build project delivery method.

Previously, only very limited design-build authority existed for public projects in Illinois. CDB is the construction management arm of Illinois’ state government with a $3 billion annual budget. It oversees the design and construction of state facilities including public safety centers, museums and historic sites, state recreation areas, health-care centers, office buildings and prisons. In addition, CDB is responsible for annual repair and renovation programs at more than 8,400 state-owned properties, as well as the removal of environmental hazards and the upgrading of facilities to meet accessibility standards.

DBIA National and the DBIA Great Lakes Chapter will actively reach out to public owners and practitioners about the specifics of this bill and how to fully utilize this new legislative authority.