No one wants to waste money, right? So, it seems intuitive then that any team or committee tasked with building or remodeling a facility would get multiple bids from well-respected contractors, designers, and architects as the starting point of their project. That just seems like good stewardship. To not do so would feel like you’ve not done your due diligence and have somehow shirked the responsibility entrusted to you by those who appointed you to your position.
As well-intentioned as this approach sounds, the results are often exactly opposite of what the team is hoping to achieve. Hiring one firm to design your facility, another firm to build it, and a third firm (or multiple firms) to integrate your technical components, is a recipe for change orders, delays, and cost overruns. It also opens the blame game where each firm is pointing their finger at the other firm saying, “it’s all their fault.” It might be hard to find who’s actually at fault but one thing is very clear; it will be the client that ends with the escalating costs and delays that inevitably come from this approach. It’s the client who ends up living with the potentially dysfunctional space for years to come. It is just an inevitable part of this process that used to be very common. This construction method is known as the Design-Bid model. Fortunately, there is a better way.
The Design-Build approach provides five benefits that deliver your project on time and on budget: Let’s examine briefly each of these components of the Design-Build method.