Why Design-Build? Patricia Krotki, Architectural Designer PDG
It has been said that the only people who don’t desire to build their own homes are the ones who already have!
The plumber put the toilet in the wrong location, the electrician didn’t show up, the kitchen is too small, the project came in way over budget, …we have all heard the stories; building a home can be exciting and rewarding but it can also be frustrating if you don’t know what to expect. No matter how much planning you have done, there are bound to be unexpected issues arise and when you are dealing with a number of different people, communication can be somewhat of a challenge! Although you cannot prevent unexpected surprises when you build, having a “constant” throughout your project will make the whole process run a lot smoother. Having the design and build of your project handled by the same company will help to ensure that these types of problems do not occur.
Residential Design/Build is a method of project delivery by which one company (the constant) provides both design and construction services. There are many benefits to this method of project delivery such as:
Responsibility -The owner looks to a single company responsible for budget adherence, quality control, scheduling, timing, and performance of the project. The results are: clearly defined responsibility, maximum cost control, and immediate attention when issues arise. The client is provided with a comprehensive view of the project, as opposed to bits and pieces from multiple sources.
Early Estimation of Construction Costs – Construction costs are known far earlier than in other delivery systems. The company responsible for design phase is also aware of construction costs as well as the project budget and is therefore simultaneously designing and estimating according to the pre-determined budget. This process permits early change decisions – which have the least impact on overall cost.
Cost and Time Savings – Designers and contractors, working and communicating as a team, evaluate alternative materials and methods efficiently and accurately. Because design and construction are overlapped, and bidding periods and redesign are virtually eliminated, total design and construction time can be significantly reduced therefore reducing overall cost. With designers and contractors working together, construction work can begin before the construction documents are fully completed . Time saved equals money saved.
Reduced Client Administrative Time – During the design and construction phases of the project, the owner is not required to invest time and money in coordinating workers and arbitrating between separate designers and contractors and is able to focus on make important and timely project decisions.
Perhaps the greatest advantage of the Design-Build method is the reduced stress and peace of mind that comes with knowing you got the best value for your dollar. Design-Build is easier, more efficient, faster, and less expensive than any other process of facility planning and construction.