Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2011

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

First Advisor

Keith Molenaar

Second Advisor

Matthew Hallowell

Third Advisor

James Diekmann


This research compares the Design-Bid-Build (DBB), Design-Build (DB), and Design-Build-Operate (DBO) project delivery methods (PDMs) using the construction intensity (CI) project performance metric. Specifically, the comparison relates the degree to which each PDM is "integrated" to its ability to deliver water/wastewater projects at a certain level of CI. The level of integration is defined by previous research and related to the degree in which the producing parties are combined during the phases of design, construction, and operations and maintenance. The results indicate that an increased level of integration has a positive correlation to a greater degree of CI. A discussion of the results is presented along with a viable application for industry owners regarding the use of CI as a new factor, among other pre-existing factors, to be used to make better decisions during the procurement process, leading to the selection of the most appropriate PDM for individual projects.