Designers are starting to come around. Even though they don't like losing control of the client, many are beginning to realize that by working under the contractor they are greatly reducing financial charges for errors and omissions. As they pay 25 times their design fee to fix the mistakes they make, their incentive to work directly underneath contractors has become impossible to ignore. They don't like the option, but they can't turn their back on it either.
Even in this harsh 2009 economy with incredibly competitive pricing (incredibly unrealistic and stupid pricing that is) clients would be better off choosing design-build delivery.
Someone's got to show owners the truth. You can bet the design teams aren't going to. You need to. It may be your only hope for landing negotiated work in today's economy.
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