Using a design/build service instead of parting out contractor and architect jobs, especially on a large project, can offer several critical advantages for companies. The partnership of architects and engineers in a design/build service is well suited for complicated designs and budget-sensitive projects. Here are five ways choosing to work with a design/build team can benefit you and your company:
- Cost Savings
One of the largest factors for most companies in this type of situation is cost. Using a design-build model can save as much as 10 percent on the total project costs, while a tightly integrated design and construction process can move more efficiently from concept to final completion.
- Speed to Market
If you’re on a fast-track project, design/build offers distinct advantages over other project styles. Project management requires managers to navigate through hundreds of timelines that must coordinate to exact time schedules. The nature of design/build offers a model that is highly adaptive and responsive, both in the studio and in the field. If needed, construction can begin while final details and later-stage elements are still being finalized, offering a speed to market that is difficult to match.
- Added Value
Design/build offers clients a professional guide through the complex process of building a structure. The goal with this model is to drive the project in a smooth, organized, orderly way. Value is also offered during the engineering process, as the team can help clients’ select budget-conscious architectural, structural, and mechanical elements throughout each project phase.
- Improved Communication
In a design/build project, everyone is a part of the same team, sharing a common goal: to complete a successful project that meets or exceeds client expectations. It allows for transparent communication both with the internal team and with the client, with all parties aware of what is happening at every stage throughout the process.
- Waste Reduction
The Building Smart Alliance estimates that 50 percent of a construction project is considered waste. Other sources estimate that 12 percent is spent on wasted material, seven percent on poor planning and 10 percent on rework requirements. Improving the process by using a design/build model can reduce waste, which can translate into overall reductions in project cost and time.
Design/build offers clients a single source of responsibility – one source that can and should be held accountable. With all aspects of the design/build team fully integrated, rework and redesign are reduced. Subcontractors and suppliers are brought in at the start and incorporated into the design, rather than brought in closer to project completion, which can add to the overall project budget.
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