As funds dry up for projects, some states are turning to public-private partnerships, which tends to also mean design-build projects. New York has joined the bandwagon and recently approved legislation that allows design-build project delivery for specific infrastructure projects. Such work can be done "more quickly, more efficiently and, in many cases, less expensively," says Mike Elmendorf, president and CEO of the Associated General Contractors of New York State. But not all agree. The Professional Engineers in California Government argues that design-build "typically eliminates competitive bidding, allows contractors to inspect their own work ... and has greatly increased project delivery costs."

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