5 Advantages of Design Build Construction
Here are five key advantages to using the design-build method of construction over the classic design-bid-build method.
Single source of accountability – The design build approach provides a single source for your entire project. In the classic design-bid-build method the owner must: select an architect / designer, finalize the design, bid the project, select a contractor, and then act as an intermediary. The design-build method, where all participants are involved from the first meeting, fosters teamwork and lends itself to cooperation. The relationship built during the design phase helps to ensure that the stage is set for a successful construction project.
Budget management – Understanding the budget from the inception of the design phase (not waiting until the bids come in) and managing that budget through design development and finish selection, keeps the project on target every step of the way. Communicating the cost implications of design decisions ensures that the owner plays a key role in arriving at the final project price. Our control over the team means there is no scope and cost creep – the budget at groundbreaking is the budget set in the first meeting.
Enhanced communication – Specific design and construction details are being developed throughout the entire process and the focus stays on owner “value”. The communication benefits of working with a construction expert and design professional at the same time ensures that cost-effective solutions for all aspects of the design are identified before the project starts.
Faster project completion – Design build projects can be completed in a shorter amount of time because every aspect of the project has been thoroughly examined by the builder through the design process, so change orders during construction are virtually eliminated. Construction may actually begin while final interior details are being resolved, and any problems that do arise are resolved speedily by the design/build team without cost to the owner.
Quality Control – The design build method helps to remove ambiguity that may arise in material and construction specifications. Since the designer, engineer and builder are from the same firm, the focus remains on protecting the client’s interest.
Because of its inherent flexibility, design-build lends itself well to a variety of project types. By combining design and construction experience onto one team, the home owner realizes the benefits of “one stop shopping” at its best.