Design Build Contractors - Returning To the Basics!
Design-Build, also sometimes written as Design/Build, is a project delivery system that integrates both designing and construction into one. Roots of the same can be found in systems as old as those in ancient Mesopotamia where master builders used both design and construction to make beautiful structures. As time progressed, the categories were divided and different people began to handle different aspects. Taking cue from the ancient buildings, which are still beautiful, modern times have go back to the ancient ages and adopted the Design-Build system. Design-Build contractors are now taking care of more than just one thing.
A Design-Build contractor can be a general contractor or a specialist (architect, engineer or builder). The main aim of this arrangement is to help the end-customer save time and effort. With one person handling all the activities, the chances of mismatch and/or overlapping are greatly reduced!
Researchers have proved that about 70% of traditional constructors go overboard with costs, in contrast to only 25%-30% of Design-Build constructors.
Advantages of Employing Design-Build Contractors
1.Single Source For Everything. You no longer have to run from the designer to the builder, back to the designer and...Well, you get the idea! Everything happens at one place, everything is handled by the same person. There is a lot of stress reduction. And you simply cannot put a price on all that tension and strain!
2.Better Co-Operation. Construction workers and co-operation always seemed like two opposite poles, not anymore though! When only one source is involved, there is much better coordination and co-operation. There are fewer disputes and work is obviously faster and better.
3.Lesser Risks Involved. When everything comes from one place and one person takes care of it all, there is better risk management. The Design-Build contractors let you know the cost, time-lines, risk factors and other details beforehand. There are almost zero chances of anything going wrong and even if something does, you and the contractor are prepared for it.
4.Time Is Saved. You don't have to run from place to place. The contractor takes care of everything. Right from the designing and architecture to actual construction and getting materials, all are done efficiently by the Design-Build contractors. Because only one person is taking care of all things, there are no delays due to late deliveries, disputes and other such issues which often arise when two equally capable people take care of one job.
5.Optimum Quality. Design-Build contractors have a reputation to protect! The work done by them is generally of much higher quality than that undertaken by traditional designers and builders. No more slapstick jobs and finger pointing!
Design-Build contractors might prove a little expensive at first, but when you compare the overall costs and time saved, it will all be worth it. Design-Build constructions have been the in-thing since ancient Greek times. You wouldn't want to argue with our forefathers when it comes to quality and wise decisions!