Design-build is a construction delivery method that offers owners a single point of contact for both the design and construction phases of a project. The design-builder assumes single-source responsibility and contractual obligation for every aspect of the build, from estimation, assessments, and pre-construction to architecture, schematics, engineering, subcontracting, construction, and post-construction warranty. This streamlined approach enables the design-builder to manage all contracts with various parties, including architects, engineers, subcontractors, equipment vendors, and materials providers.
At W3 Building Group, we believe in the many unique benefits and advantages of the design-build method, which is why most of our projects are contractor-led design-build. Some of the most significant benefits include faster project delivery, a smoother overall process, superior solutions, and improved communication with less finger-pointing. The design-build method often leads to reduced construction costs and shorter construction timelines for project owners.
Although design-build projects may not have the hard-dollar competitive bidding phase that design-bid-build offers, the efficiency gains often outweigh the lack of upfront cost competition. By intelligently designing and engineering the project from the onset, rather than resorting to "value-engineering" to cut costs after design-bid-build budgets have escalated, the design-build approach yields substantial savings in hard costs, opportunity costs, and emotional stress for all parties involved.
If you're interested in exploring our design-build process at W3 Building Group, contact us today.