Design-Build Construction: Our Project Delivery Method Explained
What is Design-build Construction?
Design-Build is a construction project delivery method in which the builder and architect work together under a single contract from the beginning of the project to the end, managing every phase along the way. This approach allows the owner to manage a single contract with a single point of responsibility, ensuring effective collaboration, acceleration of project timelines, and cost savings.
1. Streamlined Communication and Collaboration
How to achieve a smooth and efficient workflow? Teamwork and streamlined communication!
Cooperation and teamwork are fostered among all parties involved in the design-build approach, as everyone works together toward a common goal under a single contract. In this collaborative environment, challenges are met with a focus on finding solutions rather than playing the blame game, which can delay progress.
A result of effective collaboration is streamlined communication. When everyone is on the same page, communication is honest, up-to-date, and constant, resulting in crew members promptly receiving updates about modifications or changes in the schedule. Honest communication enables the team to address all changes and issues and work collaboratively to brainstorm innovative solutions, leading to effective problem-solving. Another benefit of collaboration and transparency between all parties is the ability for the budget and pricing to be defined early in the project due to the clear understanding of offerings and capabilities. By utilizing these benefits of the design-build approach, the architect and general contractor can present the owner with unified recommendations that are tailored to their schedule and budget.
2. Reduced costs and Increase in Efficiency
The benefits of streamlined communication and collaboration within the design-build approach can also be seen when looking at the efficiency and cost of projects. Because a single entity is responsible for both the design and construction, there is a decrease in downtime between the design and construction phases, therefore keeping the project on schedule. Transparent conversation results in accurate budgets, no unexpected fees or price increases, and no delays due to misunderstandings or a lack of communication. Because the same people are involved with the project from beginning to end, there is a stronger incentive to limit the number of alterations during the project, resulting in a more effective and efficient process.
3. Enhanced Flexibility and Adaptability
When choosing the design-build approach with construction, the bidding phase is removed, thus resulting in a faster delivery because the design and construction phases can happen at the same time. Another benefit of the architect and builder working together from the start is the ability to make changes to the design or construction plans as needed, with little to no issues, and no delays to the timeline of the project.
4. Improved Quality Control and Accountability
When you hire a design-build contractor for your construction project, you can be assured of quality control and accountability. This is because the same team is responsible for the entire project, from start to finish, including total costs, quality, end results, and timeline. As a result, there is a higher level of accountability and increased attention is given to every phase of the project.
In addition, this approach facilitates information to be transparently shared with the owner throughout the project, as the design-build contractor has real-time cost estimates and budget changes. This frequent evaluation of costs and scope of work allows the owner to reconsider a plan or devise a solution with all relevant information readily available.
The design-build approach offers many opportunities for success within your construction project. By facilitating collaboration, transparency, efficiency, and flexibility, you see an increase in quality and cost savings and a decrease in timelines and headaches.
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