You might think that the ideal method to create your next commercial building is to use the general contracting model, in which one business designs and another constructs your new facility. While this is a viable option, you should carefully consider the design-build methodology as an alternative. In this arrangement, you employ a contractor that can handle everything from design through construction. Whether they manage them in-house or through subcontractors, the contractor is accountable for all project components. Why should you use a design-build for your upcoming project?
1. Single Point of Responsibility
In a design-build project, you have a single point of responsibility, who is the main contractor. A single point of contact is advantageous since it allows you to keep tabs on progress and clarifies who you go to with questions.
On larger projects, that person may be your construction manager or project engineer—but in smaller jobs (like remodeling), it could be the architect, designer, or contractor.
2. Reduced Project Management Tasks
Owners of design-build building projects can benefit from fewer project management duties. You'll be able to work with a single team responsible for planning and executing all aspects of your commercial construction project, rather than managing many teams responsible for different aspects of your project.
3. Easier Budgeting and Cost Controls
A design-build project is a single, integrated contract in which one company is responsible for both the design and construction of a structure. In comparison to traditional building projects, this gives the project owner more control over budgeting and cost management.
It's easy to track expenditures and changes during the development of your new business building since there are no subcontractors or supplementary agreements.
4. Easier Access to Varied Expertise
With design-build, a single company is in charge of engineering, architecting, and constructing your structure, which includes mechanical and electrical work, among other things. That saves you time hiring different firms to handle these various aspects of your project. You don't have to waste time inviting bids for different components.
5. Quicker Project Delivery
Design-build construction allows you to bring your team towards a common goal. The preconstruction phase is when all parties involved—the architect, builder, and owner—get together to hammer out plans and ensure they are on schedule. Through these meetings, critical decisions can be quickly made because everyone is in one place working towards one final product.
A large commercial building project might be tough to complete, so you'll need a model that encourages cost and time efficiency. Contact your contractor to learn more about how the design-build concept might benefit your next project.