There are many added value benefits to design-build. Take a look at some of the benefits below.
Design-build places both design and construction in the hands of a single entity responsible for quality, cost, and schedule adherence. The design-builder has multiple parallel objectives, including functional and aesthetic quality, budget, and schedule for timely completion. With design-build, the owner can focus on what needs attention allowing for timely decision making rather than worrying about coordination between designer and builder.
Quality and proper project performance are a singular responsibility in design-build projects, allowing the owner’s requirements and expectation to be documented in performance terms with the design-build entity’s responsibility to produce results accordingly.
During the construction process this attention to quality continues as the designer becomes the master builder, and manages the construction until it is complete.
Working as a team, design and construction personnel can communicate as such, evaluating alternative materials and methods to effectively and accurately complete the project.
When construction and design overlap, and because bidding periods and redesign are eliminated, total design and construction time can be dramatically reduced. With design-build, material and equipment procurement and construction work can start before the construction documents are fully complete. This time savings can translate to lower costs and earlier utilization of the finished product.
Administrative Burdens Are Reduced
During the procurement process, the potential exists for design-build to reduce the owner’s administrative burden. During the actual design and construction, the owner is not required to invest time and money in coordinating and arbitrating between separate construction and design contract. This allows for the owner to focus on timely decision making.
Construction Costs Known Up-front
Design-build allows for knowledge of actual construction costs far earlier than other delivery systems. The entity responsible for design is simultaneously estimating construction costs – they can accurately conceptualize the completed project.
Staged contracting for design-build services afford the owner “go, no-go” decision points during the design. The decision to proceed with the project is then made before substantial design expenditures, and with knowledge of final project cost.
Improved Risk Management
Cost, schedule, and quality performance aspects are clearly defined and those responsibilities/risks are balanced appropriately. Individual risks are managed by the party best positioned to manage that risk. Change orders caused by errors, or omissions are virtually eliminated, due to the fact that the design-builder had responsibility for developing specifications and drawings, as well as constructing the fully-functioning facility.