What is the Design-Build Method?
The design-build method is a project-delivery system used in the construction industry, where the designer and builder work together under a single contract. With this method of construction, the client is responsible for providing a project definition for the design-build team, which then gives them single-point responsibility for the project. Having one entity for construction can have many different benefits. According to the California Department of General Services, this helps expedite construction time-frames and may reduce the number of change orders, allowing the owner to occupy their project space as soon as possible. The increased productivity and organization drastically reduces both cost and time, keeping design and contractor fees to a minimum. Along with this, the increased efficiency that comes with this method of construction can also allow the owner to take on fewer duties and less risk. By simplifying the construction process and involving the contractor in the planning from the start, the design-build method offers various benefits over the traditional project delivery.
In a traditional project delivery, when something goes wrong, it is much harder for the contractor and designer to resolve the issue. Unfortunately, majority of the time they will blame each other for unforeseen circumstances which will often lead to delays or even litigation. In this type of project delivery, the owner is responsible for managing the two separate contracts which can be stressful. Whereas with the design-build method, any changes are addressed by the entire team together.
The design-build method seems to be the better option when starting a construction project. With it's many advantages, it has become increasingly more popular in the construction industry.
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