Design-build, an approach which has grown rapidly in recent years, offers advantages worth considering over traditional design-bid-build methods.

Reduce Cost and Risk While Improving Schedule and Quality

The approach you take to your construction project is all-important to achieving superior results, both short and long term. The collaborative nature of design-build inherently helps to clarify plans and identify potential issues early in the process.

Why Use Design-Build?

Ultimately it helps minimize risks, reduce overall costs, shorten timelines and improve quality of work, regardless of type of construction project.

Design-build brings value engineering into the design process, which:
  • Allows the general contractor and subcontractors to propose best-value solutions before design is complete
  • Allows the project team to identify and address issues of cost, schedule and constructability early in the process
  • Owners can avoid being placed directly between architect/engineer and contractor
  • Places the responsibility for design errors and omissions on the design-builder

A Focused Procurement Plan

Design-build creates a single point of responsibility and minimizes risk for the project owner. It also shortens the delivery schedule by overlapping the design and construction phases. Design-build places the project owner in the first seat where key decisions are made, setting the stage for how the project will be developed, procured and implemented, as well as how the owner, design team and contractors will communicate and collaborate.

Design-build encourages using a procurement process that: 
  • Focuses heavily on the qualifications of the design-builder rather than price
  • Encourages early participation of key trade contractors
  • Emphasizes performance-based requirements over prescriptive requirements
  • Develops and clarifies realistic project budgets

Array BioPharma constructed using Design-Build process with Kenny Electric

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  • January 25, 2017

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