Design-build can be described as a project delivery method of building in which there is one contractor responsible for the entire construction project: the design phase and the construction or build phase. Common advantages cited for this method include accountability, organizational and coordinating advantages, and reduction in costs.
In a traditional construction scheme in which the designer party works separately from the builder party, there is a potential for miscommunication and coordination issues. Perhaps the designer makes a mistake in the design and the builder runs into difficulties, or maybe the builder makes a mistake in accordance with the design and corrections have to be made that way.
One of the parties may fail to communicate to the other an important aspect to the project, and if the project is delayed due to an error, it could be possible for the multiple parties to blame each other and attempt to dodge responsibility, making it more difficult to get the project completed. These delays and/or errors can also increase costs and unneccessary waste by causing resource misallocations and the resulting corrections.
Design-build seeks to eliminate these conflicts by making one sole contractor the designer and builder. If there are any problems during the duration of the project, the design-build contractor is solely responsible and is charged with getting the project back on track.
Design-build also seeks to reduce costs by streamlining the construction process and eliminating unnecessary waste that is the result of miscommunication and miscalculation. The design-build contractor has the advantage of being in control of both the design and build process, so design, resource allocation, manufacturing and construction can all be monitored very closely and coordinated.
At Allied Modular we use the design-build approach with our modular buildings. We work with you from designing the project and coming up with a layout that will fit your needs, to building and completing the project at the site itself. We assume responsibility for making sure the project is completed on time and that it meets your standards. Our modular building processis conducted under controlled indoor conditions in our factory, where building materials are used and reused as efficiently as possible, cutting down on time and waste, which brings down costs. And in the end if it saves the customer a headache from dealing trying to coordinate and keep accountable multiple contractors, then we’ve done our job.