Design-Build Construction

Design-Build construction

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What Is Design-Build?

This model for construction project delivery offers the homeowner an alternative providing easier project management, more accurate cost estimates, and removing unnecessary complication for both the homeowner and the builder. Design-Build is intended to be a highly collaborative, integrated process built on teamwork and creative problem-solving.

The owner manages only one contract with a single point of responsibility so that the designer and contractor are on the same team.

Design-Build construction

Design-Build is often compared to the concept of the Master Builder which existed in ancient times and into the Renaissance. Many of the great wonders of the world were created using this methodology. The Master Builder was not a contractor, an architect or an engineer. The Master Builder was the embodiment of all three disciplines. The Master Builder concept depicts the earliest model for delivering design and construction as an integrated service.”*

Design-Build allows Clyde Construction to deliver projects that meet our clients’ needs, wishes, and expectations best.

A Shift from Design-Bid-Build

In the traditional design-bid-build model,  the owner has to seek out each company separately. The architect and general contractor have no connection until the plans are placed up for bids. This requires the owner to manage separate design, bidding and construction phases.

Design-Bid-Build construction

Because design and construction are not integrated in this method, it takes a lot more time for the project to be completed from start to finish. Each phase is implemented separately and cannot start until the previous has been completed; unlike design build where the phases overlap each other to ensure a quick delivery.

Benefits of Design-Build vs. Design-Bid-Build

One of the biggest disadvanges of the traditional Design-Bid-Build method is that the architect doesn’t have cost information when designing. This can lead to disappointment along with cost and schedule overruns if the design documents have to be recreated to work within the owner’s budget.

  1. Single point of contact for the owner
  2. Single contract
  3. Less risky
  4. Lower unit cost
  5. Faster construction speed
  6. Faster delivery speed
  7. What Is Design-Build?Less cost growth
  8. Less schedule growth

For more information on Design-Build, see the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) booklet “What is Design-Build?

*Charts and quote source: DBIA