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The Advantages and Benefits of Design-Build Construction

design-buildDesign-Build is a delivery method that provide owners with a single point of contact for both the design and construction. The Design-Builder is responsible for all aspects of a project: from estimating, assessments and preconstruction to architecture, schematics, engineering, subcontracting, construction and post construction. Schedules are streamlined. Costs are minimized. Efficiencies are realized. The TEAM works together from initial concept through to ribbon cutting and beyond. All done with open communication and purposeful collaboration, with the owner’s involvement in the decision-making process. TOGETHER… that’s the Design-Build philosophy.

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The Advantages of Design-Build Construction

Singular Responsibility: It’s all under one contract…a “one-stop-shop” for architecture, engineering and construction; a single point of responsibility for quality, costs and schedule. This effort results in a strong relationship that is committed to the ultimate success of the project with a collaborative partner all the way through the project.

Greater responsibility is also a motivation for higher quality and the proper performance of process and building systems. D/B equals or improves the quality over typical design-bid-build projects because quality is designed into the project early on.

We’re on the Same Team:
As a team of design and construction professionals, we’re able to quickly and proactively approach the project since the team is closely aligned. Also, the infusion of construction knowledge into early design decisions will result in a highly efficient design from the very beginning…and that carries forward throughout the entire process with advantages to design, constructability, phasing and coordination.

Cost Savings:
Time is money…and working together, the planning, design and construction team members evaluate scope, size, alternatives, material selections, and methods efficiently and accurately…and this results in a strong cost analysis, an increased potential for reduced costs…but the greatest benefit is CERTAINTY.

Value Engineering:
Those can be “fightin’ words” in a typical project, but teamwork enables the evaluation of alternative systems, materials and methodologies efficiently and accurately. From the commencement of a project, the design and construction are woven into one component, even operating expenses can be
properly evaluated against the lifecycle costs of the project.

Time Savings:
The schedule can be crunched because of the overlap of design and construction…and gets you to the market faster. Long lead items can be committed to and purchases made well ahead of time. The entire schedule can be significantly reduced, resulting in earlier usage, and thus, positively influencing your bottom-line. Saving time = saving money.

Early Knowledge of Firm Costs:
This is a crucial benefit: The entity that is responsible for design is simultaneously controlling construction cost while accurately conceptualizing the completed project. This results in guaranteed construction costs far sooner in the project than traditionally possible.

As you can see, the real value is in the process itself, and the real advantage for the client is that the price becomes the price. A number you can count on. It’s a one-stop-shop that you can depend upon. Save time; save money. Design-Build enables the power of the team to deliver projects faster, better and for optimum costs…it’s the best value for the money, time and effort invested. What a better way to protect that investment and build a project that is easier, more efficient, faster and less expensive…it just makes sense!

Paul Stridick, AIA
Paul is Director of Design-Build at The Bannett Group. He is an award-winning architect that also has extensive government experience. Prior to joining TBG, Paul was the Director of Community Development for Cherry Hill Township, NJ, a 26-square mile suburban community in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. Before that, he was the Director of the Division of Housing and Community Resources for New Jersey’s Dept. of Community Affairs.
The Bannett Group is a South Jersey firm that was founded in 1970. Since then, we’ve become one of the fastest growing design and construction firms in the region, with a portfolio of work that spans the country.

The Bannett Group always views our design & construction services as a set of tools available to complete each job. We’ll pick the best tool or delivery method for each job…general contracting, construction management or even a fully integrated Design-Build package. Whatever the tool, we get the job done. With our steadfast history and fine-tuned in-house talent, we’re able to complete each project on time…on budget…every time.


Will The Design-Build Method Take Over?

Will The Design-Build Method Take Over (PDF)

By Mike Regina, Principal – Big Sky Enterprises, LLC
Let’s explore the design-build method. The desire for one-stop shopping is everywhere. We have become a nation of streamliners and practical thinkers.


Smart players in every industry have been silently rethinking and repositioning themselves for success in today’s economy. What does that look like? Businesses are hand-picking leaders and putting together powerful multi-discipline teams that can handle all parts of a project within one entity. The concept of an interdisciplinary approach is really nothing new. It has been modeled again and again in every business sector.

Is this a monopoly? Or is it business excellence?

The only way to truly answer this question is by asking the most important one: Does it put the customer, or end user, at an advantage or disadvantage? That’s the only real way to gauge a business ideal.

When customers are looking for a design-build contract, they are ultimately saying:
• I want one point of contact
• I don’t want to be faced with questions I don’t have answers to
• I don’t want to have to do homework, legwork, or anything else

They’re saying, “Here’s my need. Here’s my budget. Make it happen.” Besides a customer’s ultimate desire to see a project go from concept to fulfillment without financial surprises, delays or disappointment, there are other reasons the design-build model has experienced unprecedented growth over the past decade:

Benefits of the design-build process

design-build-benefitsOne thing I’ve learned over the years is that regardless of the economy or shifts in trends, there will always be a market for excellence. The design build concepts, like the design build process at Big Sky evolved from our ongoing commitment to learn, grow, and improve. In almost every situation, design-build is superior to traditional construction.

The difference between the two is pretty straightforward. With the design build model, both the design and construction of a project are under the umbrella of one single entity. This is completely different
from the traditional, almost lethargic, designbid-build process where the owner chooses the engineer or architect to design the project, and competitive bids are taken from other entities for the performance of construction services. It even sounds like snail-pace.

Design-build keeps the control, and the liability off of the owner, exactly where it belongs. The owner typically provides general design specifications and desired performance specifications, but the
detailed construction plans and specs are the responsibility of the design-build team, instead of the owner’s engineer or architect. Accordingly, the implied warranty of specifications will not follow the trail from the owner to the contractor. Instead, the contractor bears the risk of non-performance.

Other clear benefits of the design-build process include:

Quality – When quality responsibility is on the builder, there is clear motivation to produce superior results. This contrasts with the traditional design-bid-build method, where responsibility falls to the owner.

Financial Savings – When design and construction work hand-in-hand, multiple options can be explored and efficient solutions brought to the table before the production of drawings.

Streamlining for Time Efficiency– Design and construction can overlap and collaboration during the initial design phase can eliminate redesign time. Instead of a bottleneck, construction can actually begin before the working drawings are complete.

Early Cost Guarantee – Without all the “what if” scenarios it’s much easier to procure financing commitments at significantly reduced out-of-pocket costs prior to the availability of loan proceeds.

The Solution to the “Never Ending Change Orders” – With project scope and price out of the way, change orders stemming from design coordination issues are eliminated, along with the headache and lost time. Correction of such issues is the responsibility of the design-builder, not the owner.

Risk Incentive – Incentives are always nice. With the design-build model the incentive to improve efficiency without sacrificing quality translates into innovative ideas, problem solving, proactive thinking, and design and construction teams working together, evaluating alternatives efficiently and accurately, while bringing value to the owner.

Mike Regina – Principal / Co-founder
Co-founder of Big Sky Enterprises, Mike Regina brings over 20 years of industry experience and expertise to the firm. Michael strategizes, oversees and performs multiple mission critical initiatives for Big Sky. His areas of direct responsibility include project feasibility analysis, project management and business development.

For more information contact:

mike-regina-big-skyMike Regina | Principal
Big Sky Enterprises
Phone: 856.435.8400 | Fax: 856.435.8410
2 Eastwick Dr, Suite 101, Gibbsboro, NJ 08026