What is Design – Build?
Design-Build is a construction delivery method that provides owners with a single point of contact for both the design and construction phases of a project. One entity holds single-source responsibility and contractual risk for every aspect of a build — from estimation, assessments and pre-construction to architecture, schematics, engineering, subcontracting, construction and post-construction. This entity, the Design-Builder, manages all contracts with companies, such as subcontractors, equipment vendors and materials providers.
Unlike in other construction methods, owners contract only with the Design-Builder. In the two other primary construction methods used today — construction management and general contracting (also known as design-bid-build) — owners contract with different entities for architectural design and construction. Since Design-Build brings together all elements of a project, our architects work in coordination with our other members of the project team. In other methods, architectural design is completed separately, sometimes resulting in unforeseen costs and delays during the construction process. But Design-Build allows your project team to provide insights into the costs and constructability of different designs. The end result is a sound design, a budget defined and a schedule streamlined. So business goals are met.
The Design-Build process
The Design-Build process has five primary phases:
- Selecting a Design-Builder
- Pre-construction assessments
- Architectural Design & Budgeting
But unlike other construction methods, phases overlap, and all team members collaborate throughout the process to provide rapid project delivery.
Design-Build cost savings
Due to its efficiency, Design-Build often reduces time and construction costs for owners. This may come as a surprise, given that Design-Build projects lack the hard-dollar bid phase that general contracting affords. But building smart with Design-Build pays dividends, reducing both real (accounting) costs and opportunity costs.
Benefits of Design-Build
Design-Build offers many unique benefits and advantages that other construction methods simply don’t deliver. It’s why 90 percent of our projects are Design-Build. Some of the biggest benefits of Design-Build are rapid delivery, a smooth process, better solutions and better communication.
Design-Build offers rapid delivery because design and construction happen concurrently and because there’s only one selection phase instead of two.
Design-Build reliably equates to teams collaborating. The single-source responsibility afforded by Design-Build means there’s no conflicting recommendations from contractor and architect.
This innovative process makes it possible for owners to see more options, make better-informed decisions and realize a better value.
Delivering a successful Design-Build project requires open collaboration between all team members. As a team, no other group is better qualified to align the owner’s vision with the project’s goals and objectives.
Take advantage of the cost- and time-saving benefits of our design-build services. Our architecture and construction teams work together, so communication is streamlined and the teams work in tandem to bring you value-engineered solutions throughout your project. We’ve collaborated on more than 300 projects together over the past 30 years. Here’s a brief summary of how the process works:
- Owner hires GDB who is responsible for both design and construction for the project.
- Owner manages just one contract.
- Early knowledge of total project cost, before design work is completed, at reduced initial investment
- Builder input during design, ongoing budgeting, and value-engineering
- Reduced change order potential
- Single entity responsible for design and construction
- Collaborative rather than adversarial relationship between architect and builder
- The majority of our subcontractors have been with us for a min of five years.
- We started our journey in the year 1988 in the spare room of our house.
We went on to finish 12 projects within our first 3 years
Now we have completed over 300 projects.
Let us know how we can help you with your project.