DBB 3.0 Design Development (DD)

3.1 Prepare Design Development (DD) Documents

Based on the Final Schematic Design (SD) Documents and the Response Memorandum to the Development Advisory Board (DAB) review questions, prepare the following:



3.2 Develop In-Depth NPS Constructability Checklist (DD Comments)

Identify unique project issues under the DD Comments (Design Development) column on the NPS Constructability Checklist. A Constructability Analysis utilizing the NPS Constructability Checklist is required for every project.

Template: NPS Constructability Checklist

3.3 Draft Contract Price Schedule

Prepare a draft Contract Price Schedule utilizing the Contract Price Schedule template.

Template: Contract Price Schedule

Guideline: Guide for Specifiers (pdf)

3.4 Complete NPS Project Sustainability Checklist (DD portion)

Working collaboratively within the integrated design team, complete the Design Development (DD) portion of the NPS Project Sustainability Checklist.


  • NPS Project Sustainability Checklist (based on LEED™ version 2009 with 2016 Guiding Principles)
  • NPS Project Sustainability Checklist (based on LEED™ version 4 with 2016 Guiding Principles) - being developed

3.5 Update Class B Construction Cost Estimate

Update the Class B Construction Cost Estimate based on the completed Design Development (DD) documents. Confirm that project cost is within available funds.


Sample: Class B Construction Cost Estimate Sample (pdf)

Guidance: Cost Estimating Requirements Handbook (pdf)

3.6 Conduct Design Development Value Based Decision-Making

Conduct a Design Stage Value Analysis (DSVA) study to analyze the Design Development Documents to improve project's performance, reliability, quality, and value.

Prepare the DSVA Report utilizing the Value Analysis (VA) Report template.


3.7 Permitting

3.7.1 Other Permitting or No DSC Predesign (PD) & Schematic Design (SD) Prior Permitting (if applicable)

If no other permitting or Denver Service Center (DSC) Predesign (PD) & Schematic Design (SD) Permitting is complete, continue to 3.7.2 Initiate Permit Acquisition Services.

Provide name and qualifications of a staff member for approval to act as the Permitting Lead on the design project.

The Permitting Lead shall:

  • Manage the DSC permitting process.
  • Provide quality control (QC) of permitting submittals.
  • Coordinate with relevant Agencies.

Minimum qualifications:

  • 5 or more years experience acquiring permits for projects.
  • Experience with the jurisdictional permitting processes where the project resides.
  • Be skilled at managing and documenting permitting processes including timelines and scheduling.

Tasks include:

  • Document the DSC permitting process, including communication with Agencies.
  • Meet submittal deadlines and quality.
  • Act as the point of contact for the permit process management team.
  • Track, understand, and communicate the status of permits until they are issued.
  • Bring any issues to the project team and lead the effort to resolve them. Permit Scoping & Permitting Assessment Form (PAF) (if applicable)

Initiate Permit Scoping & Prepare Permitting Assessment Form (PAF)

Evaluate potential jurisdictions and Agencies that apply to the project. Identify applicable project topics, missing information, and decisions needed to determine applicable permits. Use this information and any information provided by NPS to identify permits. If information is insufficient to identify permits, inform NPS and include necessary steps to obtain needed information.

Research missing information and questions in the PAF. Review the design as it develops for applicable regulations and applicable permits. Document resolutions to issues, identify additional concerns, and identify permits.

Finalize Permit Scoping & Permitting Assessment Form (PAF)

Finalize jurisdictions and Agencies that apply to the project. Refer to the PAF and finalize project topics. Resolve missing information or decisions needed to determine applicable permits.

Form: Permitting Assessment

Sample: Permitting Assessment

Guidelines: Prepare Permit List (if applicable)

Provide a list of all appropriate permits. Recommend if permits should be:

Guideline: Permitting Process Flowchart (pdf) Initiate Permit Planning & Prepare Permit Plan (if applicable)

Working collaboratively with the interdisciplinary team (IDT), at a minimum, provide a Permit Plan for each DSC GF Permit.

Form: Permit Plan

Sample: Permit Plan


3.7.2 Initiate Permit Acquisition Services Prepare Permit Schedule

Finalize Permit List to be used in Division 1 Specifications (01 31 00). Prepare a Permit Schedule using the timelines developed in the Permit Plans.

Guideline: Permitting Process Flowchart (pdf) Develop Application for each DSC Government Furnished Permit (GF Permit)

Develop an application for each DSC GF Permit on the Permit List and include all required documents and products. Consult with the appropriate Agency for each permit. Bring any permit issues to the interdisciplinary team (IDT) for resolutions. Provide a draft application for each Denver Service Center (DSC) GF Permit to the IDT for review prior to submitting to the associated Agency. Finalize the application by incorporating comments from the IDT review.

Guideline: Permitting Process Flowchart (pdf) Initiate Permit Acquisition and Provide Permit Status and/or Final Permits

Obtain all Denver Service Center (DSC) Government Furnished Permits (GF Permits) identified in the Permit Plans. Submit DSC GF Permit applications and proactively manage the permitting process to ensure each permit is issued within the identified timeline. Consult with the interdisciplinary team (IDT) to prepare and submit additional documents requested by the Agency and resolve any comments. Provide the original versions of all issued permits to NPS by the required date.

Guideline: Permitting Process Flowchart (pdf)

3.8 Design Development (DD) Deliverables

3.8.1 Submit Design Development (DD) Documents

Submit the following Design Development Documents for review:

  • Design Development Documents
    • Design Development Drawings
    • Division 1 Specifications
    • Divisions 2 through 49 Outline Specifications
    • Product File
    • Draft Statement of Structural Tests and Special Inspections
    • Draft Profit Calculator
  • Develop In-Depth NPS Constructability Checklist
  • Draft Contract Price Schedule
  • NPS Project Sustainability Checklist
  • Updated Class B Construction Cost Estimate
  • Design Stage Value Analysis Report
  • Permitting
    • Other Permitting or No DSC PD & SD Prior Permitting (if applicable)
      • Final Permit Assessment Form (PAF)
      • Permit List
      • Permit Plans (include copies of correspondence with Agencies, e.g. emails, phone logs, letters)
    • Permit Schedule
    • Permit Application for DSC GF Permits
    • Permit Status and/or Final Permits

3.8.2 Resolve Design Development Review Comments

Resolve all review comments. Submit written responses to review comments, utilizing the NPS review form, within 15 calendar days of receipt of comments.

3.9 Compliance Deliverables

3.9.1 Compliance Drawings and Supporting Narrative When required, prepare and submit drawings and supporting narrative for State Historic Preservation Officer/Trial Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO/THPO) review and other compliance activities, as required. Incorporate resolution of SHPO/THPO review comments into Draft Design Development Documents. When required, prepare and submit drawings and supporting narrative for obtaining Section 404, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), and other permits.

Resolve reviewing agencies comments, as required.

3.9.2 Submit Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) or Record of Decision (ROD)

When required, submit FONSI or ROD.


Last updated: June 9, 2017