Looking to start a new project but can’t decide whether to go with a traditional build contract or design-build firm?  In this blog, we will explore the differences between both and explain some of the advantages of going with a design-build firm over a traditional build contract.  

Communication is necessary for success. 

Architecture is not a “one and done” type of thing – it’s a fluid process – one that can require constant changes and amendments.  Whether they come from stagnant decision making during the design process or unforeseen complications during the build itself, revisions to a project are bound to happen and can be undoubtedly frustrating.

Even more frustrating is the communication piece.  With traditional build contracts, key players are constantly trying to get a hold of one another to address problems and propose solutions – this often results in a time-consuming game of “phone tag” that can end up delaying projects, or even worse, resulting in additional expenditures.  However, when you work with a design-build team, this is rarely an issue.  Everyone working on your project is on the same line of communication, which means that you get far more thorough answers in far less waiting time.

Nothing beats working together under one roof.

As the title of this section suggests, a team working together under one roof is unparalleled.  Being the most distinct advantage of a design-build firm, having every person who lays a hand on your project working cooperatively under the same roof yields the most effective and efficient delivery results.  

No more worrying about whether or not your architect and contractor are going to get along.  No more having to contact multiple parties in order to complete a simple task.  Design-build firms not only act as a one-stop shop for all your project’s needs, but they can also make the process happen a lot quicker while involving a lot fewer headaches. 

Save time… and your wallet.

With every player working in close proximity on your project, you end up saving a great deal of time on day-to-day setbacks.  For example, with a traditional build contract,  architectural plans and blueprints need to make their rounds between the design and build teams before finally getting approved.  This process can take up an excessive amount of time, which can result in project delays and unnecessary expenses.  However, at a design-build firm, this process can be done in a matter of seconds, sparing you (and your wallet) the hassle of keeping up with all the setbacks. 

On top of this, design-build is the best performing delivery system for both schedule and cost. Expediting both the bidding and scheduling processes before designs are completed not only allows for a very well controlled construction and delivery speed, but also helps to ensure that you stay within your budget due to the firm being able to control expenditures without outside interference from project managers and construction sites.

Ultimately, design-build firms continue to out-perform traditional build contracts in cost, schedule, growth measures, construction and delivery time.  If you aren’t totally convinced, give us a shout! We’d love to chat with you about your upcoming project and see how we can help turn your vision into a reality!