Reasons to Invest in an In-House Design/Build/Delivery Method
April 25, 2016 Francine Jones 0 Comments
The design-build-delivery method is quickly taking over the traditional design-bid-build method of construction project delivery. Successful design-build-delivery projects offer many benefits and value-added services.
First, the design-build-delivery allows contracted contractors to centralize construction cost, quality and scheduling under a single manager. These types of contracts foster teamwork and inter-communication, which adds value to a project and reduces potential problems. Having a single manager responsible for major functions helps the company avoid potential conflicts of interest and adversarial relationships that come with traditional contracts. The design-build delivery system also allows contractors to set guaranteed costs early during the project’s design phase, which provides the owner with sufficient time to review and request engineering adjustments and scope direction changes.
Better Project Quality
Second, the design-build-delivery method allows the architect and contractor to cooperate as a unified team, which allows the owner to fully focus on the project’s scope, budget and decision making. This leads to a better quality projects because the design-build team works together to create a comprehensive set of construction documents and the constructability can be regularly reviewed by all members and clients. This results in the recommendation and implementation of effective engineering ideas that are created when architects, contractors and engineers working together to maximize functionality while maintaining budgetary and scheduling restrictions. In traditional projects, the architect often acts without regard to the construction company, which is then forced to absorb any costs or losses.
Time and Money Savings
Third, time is saved because design and construction activities being simultaneously started and managed together. The more the project overlaps, the faster the construction will be finished. The construction company benefits on labor costs, the owner benefits from reduced construction costs and the architect is free to start another project. On the other hand, constructability evaluations and value-added engineering will enhance cost savings through maximizing the full potential of the delivery system. Critical decisions that are made during the initial concept and design phases will directly impact the management of the project’s costs and scheduling.
Better Risk Management
Because the single manager and design-build team are responsible to each other for developing drawings and defining specifications, conceptual omissions and design errors are minimized. Thus, management will be able to review and respond to expected risks in timely manners. For example, design-build-delivery projects usually require owners to commit more resources, which are then given to a single organization. However, if the design and construction teams follow poor business practices, they may deliver a low quality project that either runs over budget or suffers from too many cut corners.
Bear in mind that traditional projects still offer certain advantages, such as when the architect and design team must reconcile differences in order to choose the best solution.