Information for Industry

​​​Interested in learning about design-build opportunities?

​Check out this list of firms interested in joining a design-build team: ​

Firms interested in design-build collaboration

WisDOT publishes this list with the consent of design and construction firms who have expressed interest in the design-build program. It is a voluntary, information-only resource for firms to contact one another regarding design-build projects. To appear on the list or be removed, please contact ​ Ben Thompson​​.​ ​

Selecting a design-build team​

  • ​The department’s procedure to select design-build teams is a two step process.
  • An initial notification of the project will be sent to the construction and engineering communities prior to release of the RFQ.
    • ​​The department may choose to issue a letter of interest (for larger projects) to the engineering and construction communities. Smaller projects may bypass this step.
    • ​​If a letter of interest is issued, teams that respond to the letter of interest will receive a request for qualifications (RFQ).
    • ​The RFQ will include the goals for the project and require the interested teams to display their abilities in predetermined categories.
  • ​​The responsive teams will be evaluated by a selection panel. A shortlist of the top teams will be released and those teams will be eligible to receive the request for proposals (RFP).

Procurement schedules

Procurement schedules can vary for each project depending on size and complexity. A typical procurement for a low-bid design-build project may last six months. This would include a six-week RFQ notice and 14-week proposal preparation period after the release of the RFP. Projects using a best value selection method will require a longer procurement schedule so teams can prepare their responses to the RFP and allow for the RFP scoring process to be completed.

Joint ventures

 Joint ventures will be considered similar to the design-bid-build process.

Public involvement​​​

Public involvement begins during preliminary design.

The design-build team may be required to hold additional public meetings during final design (especially if the design differs from the preliminary concept)

The design-build team will also be required to hold a public meeting prior to beginning​ construction​.​

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)​ involvement​

Design-build projects are likely to include inclusion requirements for DBEs, as do many WisDOT projects​. Any DBE needs will be clearly communicated in the project documentation.​​​


Presented at the 2022 DBE Annual Workshop and Networking Summit Alternative Contract Method: Design Build Process Opportunity and Risks​ 

Updated ​May 25, 2021. View the TEMPLATE WisDOT design-build contract documents below. These document templates will be revised appropriately for each individual design-build project.

​RFP Documents Index | Template Request for Qualifications​ | Template Instructions to Proposers

Template Book 1 Contract Terms and Conditions​ Updated May 24, 2021

Template Book 2 Project ​Requirements Updated May 24, 2021

Template Book 3 Applicable Standards Updated May 24, 2021

Template Reference Information Documents​​​

Comments were due Feb. 26, 2021, on WisDOT’s draft design-build template documents​​​.​

View the second round of virtual workshops that took place Feb. 18, 2021​.

View the presentation slides​

View virtual workshops that ​took place in November 2020.

View the presentation slides

View the questions and answers

Contact ​Ben Thompson​​ for more information​