Design Build Process
Design-Build Project Delivery
The Owner manages only one contract with a single point of responsibility. The designer and contractor work together from the beginning, as a team, providing unified project recommendations to fit the Owner’s schedule and budget. Any changes are addressed by the entire team, leading to collaborative problem-solving and innovation. Single-source contracting is the fundamental difference between design-build and traditional project delivery.
Pre-Construction Planning Stage
Pre-construction planning typically begins as soon as your design-build team has been selected. During this stage, the design-build team will review and evaluate the constructability of the project. The design-builder will need to analyze the owner’s goals, budget, potential challenges, and the overall concept of the project. It is also the time for asking as many questions as needed to provide a complete impression of expectations for the finished project.
It is during the pre-construction stage that the members of the design-build team (contractors, architects, engineers, as well as other consultants) will work together to accurately lay out a project’s plan with its ultimate success in mind. A thorough review and assessment of existing structures, utility systems, needed documentation, as well as preliminary design plans, specifications, and schedules that must be determined before work can begin.
Architectural Design & Functionality Stage
Once a project’s framework has been clearly established, (project timeline, site, budget) the design stage will proceed. As many of these stages often overlap one another, an initial design approach may already have been started during pre-construction planning. Regardless, design-build team members will be working together to develop and advance the best possible project design to balance efficiency and budget for a successful project.
Essentially, the design-build team will estimate and determine where productivity and cost savings can be optimized while still achieving the needed functionality and desired style of the project itself. It is here the overall scope of the project is settled by presenting the owner with plan drawings, cost estimates, and a project schedule.
At this point, if all expectations for a project are set, construction may begin following an agreement. Since all needed members of your design-build team are already working together, no additional contractor or subcontractor bids need to be considered and the project may move forward much sooner than a project using a more traditional construction process.
If initial construction has not begun during the design stage, it will begin immediately following. When utilizing a design-build team, there is likely to be only a single point of contact between the project owner and the construction team – streamlining communication and establishing clear accountability as every member is working together. When all parties are working towards the same goal, any unforeseen concerns or problems can be resolved quickly to allow deadlines to be met. The collaborative nature of design-build construction services provides value engineering by reducing unnecessary costs and keeps change orders to a minimum or even completely nonexistent.
When the right design-build team has been assembled, the entire construction process is much simpler for the project owner, takes less time than traditional methods, and prevents many potential pitfalls.
Once a project has been completed, the design-build team will provide an overview of the project in its entirety, including the project realization, applicable operations & maintenance, and documented procedures throughout the project timeline. Any concerns of the project owner may be addressed and finalization of completed work is established.
When a project is led by a single construction firm, the post-construction stage is much more efficient and streamlined than when dealing with individual contractors, designers, and architects.
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