Design-build is a method of project delivery in which one entity – the design-build team (owner, contractor, consultants) – works under a single contract with the project owner to provide design and construction services. One entity, one contract, one unified flow of work from initial concept through completion.
The team will work together to create a quality building at the most affordable price. Material selection and design concepts are constantly evaluated for cost effectiveness, and savings are passed along to the client. Since some tenders can be invited based on the preliminary plans, construction can begin almost immediately – even before the design is finalized. This approach allows for materials with long delivery times to be ordered very early in the process.
Benefits of this structure include:
- Single point of responsibility for design and construction – one contract
- Fast-track construction schedule
- Guaranteed price possible earlier in process
- Two prime players – owner, design-build entity