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As project owners continue to see increasing value in collaboration between designers and constructors during the preconstruction phase, techniques such as design-assist, Lean Design and Construction, and integrated project delivery (IPD), are being used more frequently. Last year, the ConsensusDocs Coalition published the first standard form contract document incorporating the design-assist process into a construction contract. The ConsensusDocs Design-Assist Addendum (CD 541) is an addendum to the ConsensusDocs’ CM at Risk contract forms (ConsensusDocs 500/510) and the standard form Owner – Design Professional Agreement (ConsensusDocs 240). The purpose of the Design-Assist Addendum is to establish the duties and relationships between the owner, design professional, construction manager, and key trade contractors for the performance of design-assist services which support the design process.
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