What is design Build?
“Design-Build” is a Construction Project Delivery system where, in contrast to the traditional “design-bid-build” system, both the Design as well as the Construction professionals are part of a single team known as the Design-Build Contractor. De-fragmentation and compression of the Design and Construction process minimizes project risk for an owner, and adds more control to the delivery schedule by integrating the Design phase and Construction phase of a project from the start. Efficiency is significantly increased by utilizing a team approach with just one central project manager. Design-Build is very similar to the historic “Master Builder” approach. Under the Master Builder approach, a central figure was the key organizational figure from inception to completion.
Overview of the process
Design-build focuses on combining the design, permit, and construction schedules in order to streamline the traditional design-bid-build environment. This does not directly shorten the time it takes to complete the individual tasks of creating working drawings and specifications, acquiring building and other permits, or actually constructing the building. Instead, a Design-Build firm brings together Design and Construction professionals in a Collaborative Environment to complete these tasks in an overlapping, integrated fashion. Doing so drastically improves efficiency, and creates higher transparency and accessibility for an owner. Both cost and time benefits are achieved.
Benefits of Design-Build
Even though it does not directly reduce the cost of materials and labor, or the length of time it takes to obtain required permits, or to produce (construction)drawings, the Design-build method often still provides significant financial and time benefits to the owner on the overall project.
This is accomplished by combined effects of a
Single point of contact for an owner. Compression of the process. Elimination of the disconnect between the various Design & Construction professionals.
The end result is an often reduced period of time of carrying a construction loan.
Other beneficial attributes include:
A. Single source project delivery, and
B. A higher degree of budget control
C. Enhanced communication between the service provider and the client
D. Increased accountability by the service provider,
E. Value based project feedback system.
A. Single Source
Instead of having several Design Consultants, and various contractors to deal with, an owner deals with just one Central project manager. Design revisions, project feedback, budgeting, permitting, construction issues, change orders, and billing can all be routed through Adventus Group. This single point of contact allows a certain degree of flexibility for the owner. Most design-builders will leverage that flexibility for the owner’s benefit by continually refining the construction program to maximize the owner’s value at the completion of the project.
B. A higher degree of budget control
By integrating the design and construction process from the start, and involving all required design and construction professionals from the earliest planning stages of a project, a higher level of budget control is achieved. All elements of a new design are evaluated for their cost implications while a design is being developed. Substitutions of construction methods or materials can easily be made, and potential problems can often be anticipated before construction commences.
C. Enhanced communication
Because the design parameters of a project are being developed along with the budgetary goals – construction methodologies and budget conditions are being weighed simultaneously. Hence, a project is more likely to be realized than with a pure design approach. The owner has greater access to the whole project “team” as the project is being developed. This efficiency is not a negative “short cut” as a rule, but rather the keystone to the success of the Design & Build model.
Design-Build provides an integrated solution for the owner or client. It moves projects away from the “finger-pointing” that is often commonplace in contemporary construction projects. It delays projects, is bad energy for all involved parties, and ultimately adds additional costs to the owner. Design Build allows the owner to look to just one central project manager with any questions or concerns. Whether they are design or construction related questions. The manager works with all involved parties to keep an efficient steady work flow.
E. Value-based project feedback
Typically, in order for a contractor to bid on a project, very specific details relating to the methods and materials must be given to avoid any ambiguity and to make an “apples to apples” comparison of bids. In a Design-Build context, the owner, the owner’s other consultants, and the Design-Builder can work together to determine what methods and materials will maximize the owner’s value. In instances where marginally more expensive materials, Designs, or construction methods might yield a higher return on investment for the owner than those of lower cost, the owner is free to adjust the project’s program without having to re-bid the entire project.