Design Build

The design-build delivery method is a shift from the more traditional design-bid-build delivery of construction contracts. Successful design-build projects offer an owner many benefits that add value to a project.

  • Single Point of Responsibility
    A design-build contract combines design and construction quality, cost, and schedule into a single point of responsibility. Design-build contracts foster partnering between team members, which in turn adds value to a project.
  • Improved Project Quality
    Using the design-build delivery, the contractor and architect coordinate as a team, leaving an owner free to focus on the project’s scope and general decision making.
  • Constructability Review
    Effective value engineering ideas created by the architect, contractor and engineer working together to maximize design and functionality while maintaining budgetary and schedule concerns.
  • Cost Savings
    Value engineering and constructability review are enhanced and utilized continuously throughout the project duration. The early involvement of the design-build team is essential in maximizing the full potential of the design-build delivery system. Decisions that can be made during the programming, concept and design phases will impact the schedule and costs of the project more than any other phase of construction.
  • Time Savings
    With a design-build project, design and construction for a project can easily overlap, allowing for fast track construction. The owner benefits from this shortened timeframe because construction costs can be reduced and the new building will be available for use sooner.
  • Improved Risk Management- Because the design-build team has the responsibility for developing drawings and specifications as well as constructing a fully-functioning facility, change orders for errors and omissions are virtually eliminated.

The overall project performance is enhanced through the partnering that is unique to the design-build delivery method. This alleviates the potential for the adversarial conflicts realized when each entity is looking after their own best interests.