SIX BENEFITS OF THE DESIGN-BUILD CONSTRUCTION METHOD:
SINGLE SOURCE OF RESPONSIBILITY:
There is a single point of responsibility for quality, cost and schedule when both design and construction in the hands of one firm. The design-builder is motivated to fulfill all owner objectives – financial feasibility, marketability, functionality, quality, budget, and schedule. With design-build, the owner is able to focus on scope/needs definition and timely decision-making, rather than on coordination between architect, engineers, and builder.
The owner’s requirements and expectations are expressed in performance terms and it is the design-builder’s responsibility to produce results. That does not create a change order if plans and specifications are deficient. The entire process is carefully managed because the design-builder is accountable, so no misunderstandings occur. The design-builder must take responsibility if there is a performance issue. That responsibility is a powerful motivator to deliver quality.
Ninety percent (90%) of project success is determined in the planning or feasibility phase, when project scope and layout is being determined by the owner and design-build team. The design-builder brings architecture, engineering, cost estimating, scheduling, and construction expertise to the owner’s team at the earliest stages of a project, charting the course for success.
With design-build, construction can begin prior to the completion of the plans and specifications, without risk to the owner. Materials are ordered early in the process, enabling construction time to be minimized. Competitive bidding can be phased, so cost controls are maintained.
EARLY KNOWLEDGE OF FIRM COSTS:
It does not require a significant investment by the owner to get a firm cost from the design-builder. Cost information is developed in parallel with the preliminary design, and once the costs are established, the project team guides the design within the budget constraints.
You should expect your new facility to change your business world. Everyone’s perspective must be valued in the design and construction process for the owner’s ultimate goals to be met. The design-builder’s team meets with your business leaders, departmental and facility managers to deliver outstanding project results.