Design–build is the construction delivery method that provides owners with a single point of contact for both the design and construction phases of a project. One entity holds single-source responsibility and contractual obligation for every aspect of a build—from estimation, assessments and pre-construction to architecture, schematics, engineering, subcontracting, construction and post-construction warranty. This entity, the design–builder, manages all contracts with companies, such as architects, engineers, subcontractors, equipment vendors and materials providers. Design–build offers many unique benefits and advantages that other construction methods simply don’t deliver. This is why most of our projects at W3 Building Group are contractor led design–build. Some of the biggest benefits of the design–build method are a more rapid delivery system, overall smoother process, better solutions and better communication with less blame shifting. Due to its efficiency, design–build often reduces construction costs and construction timelines for project owners. This may come as a surprise, given that design–build projects lack the hard-dollar and competitive-bid-phase that design–bid–build affords. But by building smart and properly engineering the project from the beginning of design rather than “value-engineering” to cut costs after design–bid–build budgets are too high pays dividends, reducing hard costs, opportunity costs, and emotional distress for all parties involved.
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