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Design-Build , You might say it’s a simple approach to construction, involving a cohesive team that collaborates and communicates openly throughout the entire process to achieve extraordinary outcomes that would otherwise be unattainable. It embodies the concept that when owners, architects, builders, engineers, and estimators come together, exceptional and innovative ideas emerge. This approach fosters the implementation of inventive solutions, reducing costs, optimizing schedules, and maximizing efficiencies.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 provider

The Design-Build process

The Design-Build process has four main phases:

  1. Pre-construction assessments
  2. Architectural design
  3. Construction
  4. Post-construction

But unlike other construction methods, the phases overlap. All team members collaborate throughout the process to provide rapid project delivery.


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Benefits of Design-Build

Design-Build provides a multitude of distinct benefits and advantages that are not typically found in other construction methods. This is the primary reason why 90 percent of our projects utilize the Design-Build approach. Some of the key advantages of Design-Build include expedited project delivery, a streamlined and efficient process, enhanced solutions, and improved communication.

Rapid delivery

As explained in the previous section on the Design-Build process, one of the significant advantages of Design-Build is its ability to achieve rapid project delivery. This is made possible by the concurrent progression of design and construction, eliminating the need for separate phases of selection. By combining these elements, Design-Build transforms seemingly impossible timeframes into achievable realities, allowing projects to be completed in significantly shorter durations.

Smooth process

Consistently, Design-Build proves to be a reliable method that minimizes complications, fosters team collaboration, and satisfies owners. The advantage of single-source responsibility in Design-Build ensures there are no conflicting recommendations between contractors and architects. Instead, a single entity assumes complete accountability for both construction and design aspects. This clarity empowers owners to know exactly who is responsible for all project elements, leading to a seamless and satisfying experience throughout the entire construction process.

Better solutions and better value

In the Design-Build approach, there is no necessity to confine solutions to conventional ideas. The project itself takes precedence, allowing teams to explore the most suitable approaches without limitations. As various ideas are presented, the teams collaboratively analyze them with complete transparency. This ensures that owners receive the finest materials, optimal site selection, efficient schedules, outstanding designs, and more. By embracing this innovative process, owners gain access to a wider range of options, enabling them to make well-informed decisions and ultimately achieve a higher value for their investment.

Better communication and fewer problems

The successful delivery of a Design-Build project relies on fostering open collaboration among all team members. Adopting a team-oriented approach cultivates a high level of communication and transparency, which are essential for project success. This approach enables owners to effectively communicate their vision to the team and align the interests of all stakeholders. By working together as a team, the project’s objectives can be evaluated, schedules can be assessed, and opportunities can be analyzed as the project progresses. This collaborative effort ensures that the owner’s vision is aligned with the project’s goals and objectives.

Design-Build facilitates this collaborative environment by having all team members operate under a single contract. This ensures that everyone remains on the same page throughout the project. Additionally, owners are provided with a designated point of contact from the Design-Builder, keeping them informed and updated on project developments. As a result, Design-Build is highly suitable for complex projects, simplifying them and enabling owners to achieve better quality outcomes, minimize claims, and avoid litigation.

Design-Build reduces opportunity costs

In numerous construction projects, Design-Build not only saves on accounting costs but also significantly reduces opportunity costs. The streamlined nature of Design-Build project delivery allows owners to minimize the time and effort spent on managing the construction process. This time saved translates into valuable resources that can be redirected towards addressing other business challenges or opportunities, ultimately maximizing productivity.

In the specific case of manufacturing or distribution construction projects, where producers and distributors aim to expand their operations, the timeliness of facility completion or expansion becomes crucial. The faster a facility opens or expands, the sooner production can increase, leading to earlier revenue generation and profit realization. Particularly for manufacturers and distributors, even a single day of lost productivity can result in substantial financial losses. Therefore, the accelerated speed of Design-Build holds significant value in these scenarios, enabling owners to swiftly achieve operational efficiency and maximize profitability.

Let’s talk about your project
Our experienced Design-Build team is here to guide you through your project and provide best-value solutions for any challenge you may face. We ensure you get a great facility that meets your needs — on your budget and schedule. For expert Design-Build guidance, contact us by [email protected] or call 0661 49 86 45.