In this type of contract, the construction team (known as the design-builder) is responsible for taking the owner’s concept and completing a detailed design approved by the owner and then proceeding with construction. This method is also beneficial for projects that have a tight construction timeline.
The Design-Build method is used when the owner would like to only deal with one entity, the Design-Builder. Typically, the contractor would use design staff or contract with a design professional to include in the overall price proposal to the owner. There are several advantages to the design-build approach. First, the construction team is motivated to work with the design team to develop a practical design. The team can find creative ways to reduce construction costs without reducing the function of the final product. The second major advantage involves the schedule. Many projects require a tight time frame. Under a traditional contract, construction cannot begin until after the design is finished and the project has been awarded to a bidder. In a design-build contract the contractor is established at the outset, and construction activities can proceed concurrently with the design. The third major advantage is that the design-build contractor has an incentive to keep the combined design and construction costs within the owner’s budget.
BBI Construction Management, Inc. has provided numerous Design-Build contracts for our clients and would love the opportunity to provide this type delivery method for your project. Please contact us to receive more information on how we can be of service to you.