Union marks the first time federal government has entered an agreement with multi-disciplinary organization.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has partnered with the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), marking the first time that a federal government entity has entered into such an agreement with a multi-disciplinary organization.

Major provisions of the partnership include working together to promote the use of design-build and other project delivery methods as well as sharing experiences and information on activities between the private sector and governmental agencies. The agreement calls for developing design-build educational materials, discussing improvements to Federal Acquisition (FAR) Language and exploring the need to separate Standard Industrial Classification code for design-build.

"The agreement goes well beyond being solely ceremonial," says Tanya Matthews with DBIA. The pact will be reviewed after one year to evaluate its progress.