Design-build seems to be gaining ground in project management and construction – and it’s easy to see why. With a single, expert entity owning the entire process of a custom signage project, the result is minimized costs, streamlined schedules, and increased efficiency.
The Design-Build Approach
Design-Build is a method of project delivery in which one entity – the design-build team – works under a single contract with a single point of contact, the design-builder, who is responsible for every aspect of a build – from estimation, assessments and pre-construction, to architecture, schematics, engineering, subcontracting, construction and post-construction, to managing all contracts with companies, such as subcontractors, equipment vendors and materials providers.
And while design-build is not a new concept, the last couple of years have served to shore up the process as it has evolved into a more hands-on approach at an earlier stage in projects. As such, it has steadily grown in popularity. In fact, a 2015 Design-Build Institute of America study found that design-build costs were more than six percent lower and construction speed and delivery speed were 12 and 33.5 percent faster respectively.
Benefits of Design-Build
Here are six ways the design-build process can help you with your next corporate signage project.
Design-build often reduces production costs due to its inherent efficiency. It reduces both project costs and opportunity costs. Further, it simplifies communications, reduces management time, eliminates redundant documentation, integrates value engineering, and reduces overall delivery time.
Streamlined corporate signage project delivery through a single contract between you and your design-build team forges a collaborative relationship between your designers and builders. And when united from the outset of every project, an integrated team can successfully complete a project faster, more cost-effectively and with fewer change orders.
With design-build, a comprehensive project budget is established at the beginning of the project, including a fixed design fee and implementation budget or guaranteed maximum price (GMP), setting an accurate budget from the beginning of the project to eliminate any last-minute surprises.
With design-build, its single-source structure encourages collaboration, reduces conflict, promotes informed communication, and establishes a shared goal for both design and fabrication.
The single-source responsibility afforded by design-build means you won’t have to deal with conflicting recommendations from your contractors and architects, disputes about product quality, construction detailing, and project scope. You’ll know exactly who to go to with your ideas, questions, and concerns, and the way is paved for a smooth experience.
At its core, design-build is collaborative. The entire AEC industry is moving in this direction as evidenced by its growing adoption of Integrated Project Delivery, a project management structure that integrates people, systems, business structures and practices into a process that collaboratively leverages the experience and insights of all participants to optimize project results, increase value to you, reduce waste, and maximize efficiency through all phases of design, fabrication, and construction.
Our experienced team at Creative Sign Designs is here to guide you through your custom signage project efficiently in order to provide you the best value. For expert design-build support and guidance, contact us today and to see what Creative Sign Designs can do for you!