5 Reasons Why You Need to Use Design-Build for Your Next Project
Nowadays, more and more developers are turning away from the classic owner-designer-general contractor relationship that has been a staple of the industry for years. The design-build project delivery method is typically where an owner contracts with a single team to provide design and contracting services. Design-build has been and will continue to be used much more frequently, as developers see the breadth of benefits the service offers.
So why is design-build so good?
- One contract, less issues
Design-build integrates the design and construction phases into a single contract. This eliminates the possibility of either the designer or the contractor placing the blame on each other for issues that may arise during the project’s lifecycle. Therefore, the owner’s risk of accountability issues in either the design or construction phase is reduced. There is also the benefit of a single point of accountability should there be any problems that need to be addressed.
The design-build firm has experts in both respective fields, who have extensive knowledge of the processes therein. They use strategic planning to create practical, effective designs, while also having the materials, pricing, and sequencing knowledge to carry out the project efficiently. Working together also allows collaborative problem solving and project management. This is different from the construction-bid-build method where there may be potential pitfalls in the quality of the work due to contracts being awarded solely on price rather than value added.
- Streamlined Communication
Because the designer and general contractor are on the same team, there are no issues with communication and the team can focus solely on the client and the project. Any changes that can significantly benefit the success of the project can be communicated clearly, quickly, and be implemented in a timely manner as well. This also allows the owner to have transparent communication with a single entity who can provide unified recommendations on the project as a whole.
- Project timeline is vital
Due to the ease of communication among the design-build team and the owner, there are plenty of opportunities for collaboration that will move the project forward. Through design-build, both phases of the project can easily overlap, saving a considerable amount of time. The process is extremely adaptive, and allows for flexibility that traditional methods just do not offer, eliminating barriers and keeping the project on schedule.
- Cost Savings
Intrinsic to the design-build process is the savings the owner takes advantage of with only contracting with a single firm. The owner can expect about 6% of the total project costs in savings at 33% faster overall project lifecycles. The chart below outlines some statistics:
There are clear benefits to the design-build method, and you should consider implementing the system so that your next project is both on schedule and on budget.