Today’s design-builders are teams of architects, engineers and contractors working together to meet the client’s performance requirements. The team leader contracts with the client to take responsibility for delivering the project on time and on budget.
When knowledgeable professionals are involved, design-build is a logical and economical way to do business. You eliminate the need for adversarial relationships. This means greater efficiency, cooperation instead of conflict, and a better project for the time and money invested.
Advantages of Design-Build
- The design-build method, in which the owner retains the contractor and the contractor employs the architect and subcontractors, provides the owner with a better building experience and finished project in several ways.
- Parties involved are able to focus on the project with an emphasis on quality, rather than protecting their own interests.
- The owner saves time and trouble by dealing with a single source for all matters instead of separately with a contractor, an architect, an engineer, and subcontractors.
- Professional fees are kept to a minimum and they are determined at the beginning of the project.
- A guaranteed maximum price can be determined as soon as the scope of the project is determined.
- The project can be completed in less time because work can begin before all the elements of the design are complete in what is known as “Fast Tracking”.
- Ideas are generated and all team members make decisions with a cooperative approach.
- Savings are achieved through better planning.