This method is a project delivery system used in the construction industry that is becoming the preferred choice of many. It is a method to deliver a project in which the design and construction services are contracted by a single entity known as the Design-Builder or Design-Build Contractor.
In contrast to Design-Bid-Build, 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.
Design-Build with its single point responsibility carries the clearest contractual remedies for the clients because the Design-Build Contractor will be responsible for all of the work on the project, regardless of the nature of the fault.
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 changes that can be very costly.
Design-Build is sometimes compared to the “Master Builder” approach, one of the oldest forms of construction methods in the world.
Comparing Design-Build to the traditional method of procurement, the authors of “Design-build Contracting Handbook” noted that: “from a historical perspective the so-called traditional approach is actually a very recent concept, only being in use approximately 150 years. In contrast, the Design-Build concept–also known as the “Master Builder” concept—as been reported as being in use for over four millennium.”
Our process allows owners to choose to work with a third party contractor after the completion of the plans or work with our Design-Build team to construct the project.