Are you or have you been involved with a design-build project? How much do you know about design-build? The Korte Company, a national design-build company, created an educational infographic piece compiling data from McGraw-Hill Construction and the Journal of Construction Engineering and Management to help illustrate the idea that design-build is the most efficient project delivery method.
If you are not familiar with the design-build concept, it is a construction delivery method that provides owners with a single point of contact for both the design and construction phases of a project. This collaborative approach keeps pre-construction, design and construction stages of a project in close communication and working together from the very beginning through the end of a project.
According to Korte Company, "Design-Build promotes team collaboration and innovative solutions, leading to on-budget, on-time project delivery and efficient facilities. Time and again, it's proven to be the strongest method for the vast majority of commercial projects."
According to the data the Korte Company compiled, using the design-build process a project's cost can be established well before that of the traditional process. Design-build also helps projects be completed sooner than the tradition process typically takes.
The Korte Company's design-build inforgraphic highlights 10 benefits of design-build.
- Minimizes owner risk
- Single-source responsibility
- Cost savings — according to data from the Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, design-build is 6.1% lower cost than DBB and 4.5% lower cost than CMR
- Speed— Journal of Construction Engineering and Management data indicates that 20% of design-build projects finished ahead of schedule compared to 13% of CMR and 7% of DBB projects; data also suggest design-build is 33.5% faster than Dbb and 23.5% faster than CMR
- The highest quality project
- Creative solutions for complex projects — early involvement of the construction team can often lead to creative solutions and problem solving before a problem manifests itself on the jobsite
- Manage design alternatives for best-value solutions
- Flexible, competitive bidding
- Collaboration and enhanced constructability
- Accepted by federal, state and local agencies
Design-build might not be the end-all be-all method for construction, but it certainly seems to be proving itself to be the best approach for many projects.
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