The design-build process is common in the construction industry. At CRD Construction, we encourage our clients to consider the design-build process whenever possible — and we’ll explain why in this post.
There are certain restrictions placed on publicly-funded projects, which require them to go through a bidding or tendering process to find contractors after the initial design is approved. Private businesses are not hampered by any such requirements. As a result, they have the option of the design-build process, which keeps everything under the responsibility of a single project lead.
Design-build projects can be lead by an architect, project management company or a general contractor such as CRD Construction. However, in all cases, these principal parties will work closely together throughout the project to coordinate the finished product for the client. Here are 3 things you should know about the design-build projects:
1. They’re better for your budget.
Every building needs a design. You might assume that a design-build will be more expensive, but separating the design and the build components of a project can cause problems for a number of reasons.
When you design a building, there is always a possibility that the costs of building it will exceed the initial estimates or take longer than anticipated. If you have full control over a project’s design and construction, it’s always possible to make adjustments to bring it back within scope. If not, it can lead to unplanned costs.
When the team at CRD Construction undertakes a design-build project, we start working with the owner from the very beginning. Our first task is to understand the needs of the project — and the owner’s budget. This approach allows us to react to unexpected challenges by adapting the design or materials to stay in budget, while continuing to meet the original demands of the project.
2. You can complete them faster.
Projects move faster when you reduce the number of hand-offs. With the “design-bid-build” process, there can be delays between the initial design, the tendering process, and the completion of construction — not to mention unforeseen setbacks and escalating costs.
Design-build projects move more smoothly from conception to initial construction to completion and commissioning. The overall speed of construction is faster, as everyone works together under the guidance of the project lead.
Major construction projects involve many different tasks and timelines, all of which need to be coordinated to ensure success. This communication is streamlined in the design-build process, avoiding situations where works will need to be re-done and permitting the team to quickly respond to problems.
3. It’s a collaborative process.
There are no ego clashes in the design-build process. Designers and contractors may disagree on the correct course of action, but if they are part of the same team, they won’t be competing for control of the project.
Everyone works together on a design-build. Communication is open and honest. Our team of architects, engineers, and tradesmen are there to support you (the client) and make your concept into a reality.
The design-build process places you at the heart of the project. At CRD Construction, our goal is to ensure you have a constant pulse on the ‘big picture’, while our project managers take care of the details and ensure you stay within timelines, budget and scope.
Contact CRD Construction to get started with a design-build project today!