While the design/build “detailed scope” model has become a leader in today’s cost-conscious construction industry, it is a concept that is in excess of 4,000 years old. The design/build method is based upon the ancient concept of a master builder who accepted full responsibility for designing and constructing a project from conception to completion.
Teamwork between designers and builders is the foundation of design/build, and this method offers the client the benefits of even greater design and construction integration and unique responsibility for the outcome and overall process. The detailed Scope approach puts you, the homeowner, in the driver’s seat.
Clear Advantages Of the Detailed Scope/Design Build Approach
1. SINGLE PARTY IS RESPONSIBLE– The design/build approach provides both architecture/engineering and construction under one single contract. The owner’s control of the complete design/build process is strengthened and financial risk is minimized by contracting with a single firm that is fully committed to the success of the project.
2. EARLY KNOWLEDGE OF THE PRICE– A design/build team, working closely with its client, accurately conceptualizes the completed project at an early stage. Continuous on the fly estimating during the development of design generates an accurate, guaranteed projection of construction costs and schedule far sooner than ever before possible.
3. VALUE ENGINEERING– From the outset of the project, both design and construction expertise is brought to bear upon all components of a project. Best practices, strategies and purchase decisions are made from the outset, resulting in a far superior end product. The design and construction processes are able to be over-lapped, and therefore bidding periods and redesign time are eliminated. The total project duration is significantly reduced. Furthermore, with the detailed scope system employed by DMJ Restorations, built-in options can be pulled out or included in the project according to the needs and desires of you, the client. You know where you stand and you have the confidence and satisfaction of knowing you can make the final decision according to your budget or preference.
4. MAXIMIZED QUALITY– Design/build inherently provides a better result than the separate, often conflicting architect vs. contractor approach. Because the design/builder has responsibility for performance, he is motivated to build with quality. Design/build eliminates the traditional finger pointing among the contractor, architect and engineer, and allows resources and attention to remain productively concentrated on cost-effective solutions that reflect best value and quality.
5. GOOD ECONOMIC SENSE
There is little doubt that the design/build method is more cost-effective and time-efficient than other methods. Unfortunately, many home-owners are not familiar with the design/build approach and its benefits. The business world understands the benefits. There are numerous major Fortune 500 companies that are using the design/build process to construct new, quality facilities. Such companies using design/build include Frito Lay, Kraft Foods, Gatorade, Nestle Waters, PepsiCo, Anheuser-Busch, Starbucks, ConAgra, Procter & Gamble and Sara Lee.
The design/build process is gaining momentum. In the final analysis, design/build is easier for the owner, more efficient, faster and more economical than every other process of facility planning and construction.