Design-build is the fastest growing and most popular method used to deliver construction projects in America. Once upon a time, design-build was considered an “alternative” way to deliver construction projects. Not anymore. These days, nearly half of all the nation’s projects are delivered using the design-build delivery method. Long-waited market research by FMI predicts 18% design-build growth by 2021, with fewer traditional low-bid projects and nearly half of the market utilizing design-build.
With traditional project delivery, the Owner must manage two separate contracts which all-too-often creates an adversarial relationship between the designer and the contractor. If something goes wrong or an unforeseen circumstance requires changes, the designer and contractor blame one another for the cost overruns or schedule changes, often leading to litigation and delays which add to the project cost.
With design-build project delivery, the Owner manages only one contract with a single point of responsibility. The designer and contractor work together from the beginning, as a team, providing unified project recommendations to fit the Owner's schedule and budget. Any changes are addressed by the entire team, leading to collaborative problem-solving and innovation, not excuses or blame-shifting. While single-source contracting is the fundamental difference between design-build and the old ways, equally important is the culture of collaboration inherent in design-build.
Sustainable Engineering Solutions designs MEP systems based on proven technology and experience obtained from previous projects completed by our contracting partners. We do not integrate system components or concepts into our design/ build projects unless they have a proven history of satisfactory performance. We do not conduct system research and development at the owner’s expense. We spend their money as if it were our own. Our team of engineers, designers, draftspersons and technicians are dedicated to ensuring your complete satisfaction with our services. We cannot afford even one dissatisfied client.
- Posted: Oct 26, 2018