What Is Design/Build?
Design/Build is a process whereby the builder acts as a single source for both design and construction. This delivery system integrates the design and construction process. Today, more than 40% of all commercial construction is Design/Build.
Is there more than one approach to Design/Build?
Yes. Design/Build construction can take different forms. The most popular options are:
Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP): A total budget is established based on a well-defined and explicit scope of work.
Cost Plus: The builder acts as a construction manager based on the cost of the subcontractors and a fee based on a percentage of the costs or a fixed fee.
Negotiated Design/Build: Owner works with several designers/builders to determine cost and design parameters that most closely fit the project scope.
What are the advantages of Design/Build?
Independent studies have shown that Design/Build projects with shortened schedules and limited change orders can be as cost-effective as any construction method. Here are just a few advantages of Design/Build:
- The ability to set a firm budget early in the project
- Allows you to control building design
- Provides clear cost options to you to increase quality or expand the scope of work
- Limits change orders
- Fast tracks the schedule
- Reduces the coordination effort required
- Meets the budget and schedule with no surprises
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The Design/Build approach works for you. Our professional staff, our strong relationships with subcontractors and suppliers, and our commitment to you—the client—fosters an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect. And in that atmosphere, we are able to deliver superior performance on every project. We welcome your inquiry to discuss your needs.
How do I judge a Design/Build firm?
There are a variety of ways to look at the history and core capabilities of each firm but in general you should consider the following criteria:
- Team Experience