What is Design-Build
The term "Design-Build" is not new, but is becoming increasingly popular. We are are serious about being a Design-Build company.We realized that when too many entities are involved in a project, there has to be a way to anchor them all together and connect them to the vision, or the dream can quickly become a nightmare.
We begin by keeping the vision, design, and the management of the project together in one organization. This reduces miscommunication and increases efficiency. The builder is always involved!
When an architect designs the home, he is often not on site communicating with all of the subcontractors, vendors and laborers while they are doing their work. This is the responsibility of the builder! He is to communicate with all parties involved so the project can flow together well and not lose the initial vision of the client, but if he was not there during the design phase of the project, there will be details that are missed. Not so with Dynamic Design-Build! The builder is always your link to the vision of the project.
DEFINITION:Design-build (or design/build, and abbreviated D-B or D/B accordingly) is a construction project delivery system where, in contrast to "design-bid-build" (or "design-tender"), the design and construction aspects are contracted for with a single entity known as the design-builder or design-build contractor. This system is used to minimize the project risk for an owner and to reduce the delivery schedule by overlapping the design phase and construction phase of a project. Where the design-builder is the contractor, the design professionals are typically retained directly by the contractor.
VARIATIONS:Bridging: Also referred to as draft-build -- the Owner's Architect and Engineering firm (A/E) develops preliminary project designs (30-50 percent) and the D-B contractor completes final detailed design and construction.
TURNKEY: Same definition as D-B, more commonly applied to technically complex projects where owner requires outside expertise and a private entity "turns over the keys" to the owner at project completion.
Design-Build-Warranty (D-B-W): Combines a warranty provision with Design-Build.Design-Build-Maintain (D-B-M): Combines a maintenance provision with Design-Build.
Advantages of the Design-Build Process
- Assigns design and construction to a single party, allowing some construction work to begin before the final design is completed.
- Gives singular responsibility - single point of contact for quality, cost and schedule.
- Reduces administration and inspection costs.
- Reduces or eliminates change orders and claims due to "errors and omissions."
- Allows maximum contractor flexibility in the selection of innovative designs, materials and construction techniques.
- Provides expertise not available in-house (Example - Intelligent Transportation Systems).
- Warranty provides a warranty provision that promotes quality/performance during warranty period.