Assembly Bill 1329
On Sept. 6, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Assembly Bill 1329, authorizing cities in Yolo and Solano counties to hire a general contractor to be responsible for both the design and construction work in public construction projects. Existing law requires cities and other public entities to deliver public projects using the design-bid-build method, under which the design and construction work is done by two separate entities, with two separate bidding processes.
The legislation was originally introduced by Assemblywoman Lois Wolk (D-Davis), who cites reduced construction cost and complexity, faster construction times, and lower exposure to litigation as the advantages.
In the past, 13 California cities and counties have pursued and attained legislative authority to utilize the design-build option for construction of public buildings.
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