Design-build is a project delivery system designed to give a more streamlined approach to projects. The system brings the planning, design, and construction functions of a project together to form a single team to deliver projects more quickly and efficiently.
Nearly 40% of all non-residential construction projects use the design-build approach, with its popularity continuing to grow momentum.
In the past, clients had to hire key players in the project separately. The client should find an architect, a designer, sub-consultants, a project manager, and a contractor for starters.
However, the design-build method proved that hiring a single team to work on the designing, planning, project management, and construction can be more productive and cost-effective than the old-fashioned method.
As the name implies, the design-build approach combines both the planning, design, project & cost management, and construction aspects of a project. An easy way to look at it is to think about putting together a sports team. You are picking the teammates you know you can trust and collaborate with to win the game – in this case, a winning workplace construction or refurbishment project. The whole idea of a design-build approach is to save money and time, as well as prevent contract disputes between the client, designer, sub-consultants, and the contractor.
There are many other benefits to the design-build approach, some of which are outlined below:
The design-build method does not consist of just one person, but instead, a team responsible and accountable for the entire project. From the end result to the costs associated, and how quickly the project is completed. The design-build participants are held accountable as a team.
One team accountable for the whole project is that all aspects can be taken into account early on in the process, including labor fees, construction costs, utilities, furnishing allowances, and all other costs related to completing the project. This helps the Project lead to submit a more accurate quotation to the owner not to suffer from shortages later on.
This is seldom achievable in the design-tender-build method, where the project’s cost is twice as much as the designer’s estimate.
Efficient use of funding
The design-build method proved that hiring a single team to work on the designing, planning, project management, and construction is more productive and cost-effective in the use of funds and available project resources.
Continuity in Workflow
The same people are involved in the project from start to finish, which adds efficiency and effectiveness to the process. Tasks and schedules are planned more effectively since the contractor already knows the skill level of his members. The harmony between workers who already know each other also adds to productivity while delivering the project.
Expertise in Both Design and the Building Processes
Design-build firms employ both designers and Project Managers to work together. This then lets the firm achieve the best of both worlds. In addition, design-build firms usually have a solid partnership with reliable subcontractors. They also see to it that these subcontractors are also real experts in their fields since they are paid part of the budget that the general contractor receives to make sure that they do a good job.
The design-build approach is unique. In research, it is assumed that clients/owners want to take part in the design and construction process when they award the project to a Design-Build firm. The fact that there’s only one accountable person for the project makes it easier for the owner to maintain communication and the level of expertise the firm promises motivates him to get involved. And by being involved in the process, owners can guarantee that their goals will be accomplished, hence achieving customer satisfaction.
Ease in Contract Management and conflicts handling.
The design-build method ensures ease in contract management since there is one point of contract engagement and helps to prevent contract disputes between the client, designer, sub-consultants, and the contractor.
More Effective Teamwork & Collaboration
With everyone’s input and ideas being considered and utilized from the beginning, the team can empower and collaborate to produce a high-quality project.
Teamwork is achieved, obviously, within a team, if the designer and the contractor are on different boats, how could they ever go on about doing the project? Could they even start properly?
In the Design-Build method, the lead Consultant firm handles both the design, project management, sub-consultants, and building process, and the owner is also encouraged to get involved. When an issue is encountered, all these key players sit together to develop a plan on how to resolve the problem and keep the project on track and as scheduled.
Saving on Time
One of the most significant benefits of hiring a Design-Build approach is the quicker turnaround of the project. With both the designer, project manager, sub-consultants, and the contractor in the same team, they can manage hundreds of timelines that need to coordinate in lockstep. This kind of method also creates opportunities for construction leaders to contemplate significant decisions when a big incident happens. In addition, they can also come up with a decision faster when all key players have a common goal and a clear communication channel.
Design-build can therefore benefit projects that are on a tight schedule or agencies with a need to fast track their projects, allowing for the return on investment to be capitalized sooner.
Saving on Cost
With the design-build approach, construction costs are determined and fixed early enough during the design process. Due to the abbreviated design process, there are lower architectural design and engineering costs. The design-build method saves approximately 6% of project costs compared to a typical design-tender-build process. In this traditional approach, the owner has no way of knowing which parts of the project may be cost-prohibitive until the completion of the design process.
Honest and More Frequent communication
Design-build requires transparency within the team to achieve their common goal, which is to successfully finish the project within the agreed budget and timelines. Transparency is also seen as project owners understand the process much better as their involvement is requested. Consequently, better partnerships are built between the people engaged in the project.
Finally, people are on the same page in a Design-Build approach, which results in more transparent communication. When people are in the same team they feel more comfortable, hence breaking down walls and letting honest communication happen throughout the project.
The design-build approach uses the concept of team collaboration to deliver a quality project on time without having to take any shortcuts or incur excess costs. This method is based on teamwork, mutual respect, and shared leadership to come up with the best, most time – and cost-effective solutions.
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