4 Reasons Why Construction DesignWorks Believes Design Build is Superior

4 Reasons Why Construction DesignWorks Believes Design Build is Superior

Design-Bid-Build is Not a Good Fit for Commercial Tenant Finish

KANSAS CITY, MO- The concept of design-build (DB) has been around for centuries. In fact, it has been around much longer than the design-bid-build process that is so popular today. “DB lost favor with the public over a century ago when lobbying efforts by Architects Associations became powerful enough to sway customers into believing the design-bid-build process was superior,” says Scott Hamele, President of Construction DesignWorks, Inc. “ If you have a budget and a schedule to live with, which most of us do, then design-build is the way to go.”

One Responsible Party

General Contractors (GC) are typically responsible for 100% of the construction costs of a project. It makes reasonable sense to then incorporate the design into their scope of work that results in one responsible party. Whether or not the GC has an in-house architect or subcontracts out these services, the GC becomes the single point of contact and responsible party to ensure the project is designed and built to meet the expectations of the client as well as stays on budget.

4 Reasons Why Construction DesignWorks Believes Design Build is Superior

Design

A design-build process allows the creativity and expertise of the architect and the GC’s construction and job costing experience to provide a smooth project for the client. The architectural elements are fine-tuned with the help of the pricing feedback of the general contractor during the design phase.

Schedule

Most design-bid-build projects require a period of time after the bidding process to allow for the General Contractor(s) to provide value engineering ideas. These are cost-saving ideas that the GCs and their subcontractors come up with alternate design elements. In the design-build process, this value engineering is done during the design and not after a laborious bidding process. It can save weeks if not months of time.

Change Orders

Clients hate change orders. Architects do not like them. Believe it or not, General Contractors despise them. GCs do not like to see clients shell out extra money for things that should have been incorporated into the design from the beginning. There are always unforeseen elements that require change orders, especially in remodels. However, design-build historically reduces change orders as it incorporates the design team, general contractor, subcontractors, and suppliers’ experience and resources into the design process. Thus weeding out flaws in the design and narrowing down options.

Design-Build

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Design-Build is the cornerstone of our company.   CDW provides full-service design-build services. These services include a client’s needs assessment (architectural program), bridging documents, preliminary plans, subcontractor bid documents, a comprehensive set of design documents, construction management, and construction services.

Design+Build (or design/build, and abbreviated D–B or D/B accordingly) is a project delivery system used in the construction industry. It is a method to deliver a project in which the design and construction services are contracted by a single entity known as the design-builder or design-build contractor. In contrast, to “design–bid–build” (or “design–tender”), design-build relies on a single point of responsibility contract and is used to minimize risks for the project owner and to reduce the delivery schedule by overlapping the design phase and construction phase of a project. DB with its single point responsibility carries the clearest contractual remedies for the clients because the DB contractor will be responsible for most of the work on the project.

The traditional approach for construction projects consists of the appointment of a designer on one side, and the appointment of a contractor on the other side. This approach is inherently confrontational. The design-build procurement route changes the traditional sequence of work. It answers the client’s wishes for a single point of responsibility in an attempt to reduce risks and overall costs. It is now commonly used in many countries and forms of contracts are widely available.

Design-build is sometimes compared to the “master builder” approach, one of the oldest forms of the construction procedure. Comparing design-build to the traditional method of procurement, the authors of “Design-build Contracting Handbook” noted: “From a historical perspective the so-called traditional approach is actually a very recent concept, only being in use approximately 150 years. In contrast, the design-build concept–also known as the “master builder” concept—as been reported as being in use for over four millennia.”

The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) is a great resource and helps define the advantages for the owner of this project delivery system.

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4 Cutting Edge Office Remodel Ideas

4 Cutting Edge Office Remodel Ideas

Hire a Design Builder to Increase Productivity

Construction DesignWorks, LLC has researched numerous cutting-edge ideas for office remodels that will attract better employees, keep them engaged and optimize the workspace. While every business is different and requires diverse design and construction solutions, these ideas are best delivered by a design-builder. A design-build delivery method allows the owner to realize the cost implications during the design phase versus after or during construction.

1. Offer up different workspaces within the office environment. Working in one place all day long takes its toll on an employee. It causes the worker to tire more easily, get bored and stifle their creativity. While a typical desk is where most work may be done, a couch, standing work surface, or a bench might be more suited to enhance and inspire their work experience.

2. Use of color throughout the office can boost imagination, increase productivity and make people happier. Assimilate a wide spectrum of color throughout the space. Divide different office functions by color-coding those areas; green for accounting, yellow for marketing, and so on.

4 Cutting Edge Office Remodel Ideas

3. Create community meeting areas other than a break room. Employees need to get to know one another on a personal level and do so in a comfortable environment that includes collaborative community tables, social lounge areas, and even relaxed indoor and outdoor sitting areas.

4. A flexible workspace layout can be the key to success. Employees need different work environments. An introvert may need a quiet private office, while an extrovert may thrive in an open office with collaborative spaces. Allow an employee to give feedback on how he or she is most productive.

Your business is only as successful as the happiness and productivity of your employees. Your clients will benefit from your forethought of incorporating these four ideas into your next office remodel.