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Design-Build is a method to deliver a project in which the design and construction services are contracted by a single entity: The Design-Build Team.

The traditional approach for construction projects consists of the appointment of a designer on one side, and the appointment of a contractor on the other side. The Design–Build procurement route changes the traditional sequence of work. It answers the client's wishes for a single point of responsibility in an attempt to reduce risks and overall costs.

In Design-Bid-Build design and construction are split - separate entities, separate contracts, separate work. Design–Build relies on a single point of responsibility contract and is used to minimize risks for the project owner and to reduce the delivery schedule by overlapping the design phase and construction phase of a project.

  • Faster Delivery — collaborative project management means work is completed faster with fewer problems.
  • Cost Savings — an integrated team is geared toward efficiency and innovation.
  • Better Quality — design-builders meet performance needs, not minimum design requirements, often developing innovations to deliver a better project than initially imagined.
  • Singular Responsibility — one entity is held accountable for cost, schedule and performance.
  • Decreased Administrative Burden — owners can focus on the project rather than managing disparate contracts.
  • Reduced Risk — the design-build team assumes additional risk
  • Reduced Litigation Claims — by closing warranty gaps owners virtually eliminate litigation claims.

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Yes, in several ways. There is a single contract between the owner and the design-build team. This simple but fundamental difference saves money and time by transforming the relationship between designers and builders into an alliance which fosters collaboration and teamwork.Value is added because design-build brings value engineering into the design process at the onset of a project. Design–build allows the contractor, engineers, and specialty trade contractors (subcontractors) to propose best-value solutions for various construction elements before the design is complete. Design–build brings all members of a project team together early in the process to identify and address issues of cost, schedule, constructability, and client needs.

What is the difference between Design-Build and Design-Bid-Build (traditional construction)?

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Design-Build Plans

No, the Design-Build Team works under a single contract with the project owner to provide design and construction services. The owners are involved in the whole process from design to approval.


Design-Build Advantages

Will Design-Build save me money?

Does Design-Build leave me out of making decisions on the project?

Pre-Design/ Programming.

Investigate the feasibility based on client’s objectives, budget, schedule, existing conditions, codes, and other issues. Establish the scope of work based on these parameters. Client to provide Title Deed (parcel map and legal description needed), current Topographic Map (elevations based on topo survey if needed), and current Geologic Report if required by the jurisdiction

Schematic Design.

Prepare Schematic Design alternatives to allow our client to approve the design. Schematic Drawings include: Site Plan, Floor Plans, Exterior Elevations, and Sections

Design Development.

Refine the Schematic Design by bringing on board outside consultants who in collaboration provide structural drawings, energy calculations, etc.

Construction Documents.

Prepare Drawings and General Specifications for permit approval. We coordinate with outside consultants as necessary and bring on board third party trades (subcontractors) to evaluate the project and perform value engineering.

Permit Submittal/ Approvals.

Prepare the requirements for permit submittal. Address the comments from the municipality to get the approval.

Cost Control Preparation.

We closely work with several specialty subcontractors and vendors to obtain bids and proposals. We consult with the owner on cost saving design changes in finishing materials, if necessary, to produce a Cost Control document within budget.


With the Cost Control approved by the owner and the permits obtained from the municipality the building process can commence.