Frequently Asked Questions
1. What Is Design Build Contracting?
2. An Overview of Design Build Contracting
3. Why Choose Design Build Contracting?
4. The Design Build Advantages
5. The Design Build Process
What Is Design Build Contracting?

Design Build Contracting is one form of construction procurement process where the contractor manages the project, schedules necessary subcontractors, arranges for drafting and design work and is responsible for building a completed home with a certificate of occupancy issued from the appropriate Governmental agency.

The Homeowner, however, buys the land and secures the necessary construction loan. Most of the time, the lender will pay the contractor in what is referred to as "progress payments" or "draws", meaning the contractor is paid when the building has reached a certain percentage of completion.

An Overview of Design Build Contracting

Design Build Construction has revolutionized the way that consumers, architects, designers and contractors work together to accomplish a common goal.

While the approach is not new, Design Build has become very popular because it eliminates many of the common problems, frustrations and set-backs associated with the traditional construction process.

Design Build is a “one-stop-shop” approach to home building and remodeling where the contractor, architect and designer are all offered by one unified source – the Design Build Contractor. This unification allows the team to operate as a team.

Why Choose Design Build Contracting?

Unlike traditional building practices which divide responsibilities for design efficiency, economy and construction among architects, engineers and contractors, the Design Build approach assigns total responsibility for efficiency and control to a single organization.

This modern management practice allows a single source to balance good design with construction economy. And because it does not fragment the building process by separating design from construction, it permits better and tighter control of quality, cost and construction duration. By applying the efficiency and control of modern management, it encourages the designer/builder to seek the best and most economical way to build, consistent with the owner's objectives. It also allows the owner to seek professional guidance and secure cost estimates at the concept stage without incurring the expense and commitment of conventional building methods.

Thus, the designer and builder can take the owner's ideas and needs and provide a complete package of design, estimates, drawings, schedules and construction.

The Design Build Advantages
One point of contact from project conception to completion.
Ensures client building plans are executed with maximum precision and consistency.
Minimizes cost over runs and unexpected expenditures.
Avoid costly errors.
Save time.
Minimizes client stress.
Maximizes client creative input.
Eliminates finger pointing between subcontractors.

The Design Build Process

The Design Build process usually begins with only a concept or an idea. An initial meeting is set to determine the scope and a feasibility study is prepared. From this, the Design/Build contract is drafted and the design phase begins.

Design solutions are presented to the client, and from approved schemes, cost options and project specifications are developed and solidified. Final documents are prepared along with the contract for construction.

This, of course, is only a simplified overview of what can be an involved process, depending upon the nature of the work and the variety of design solutions, but does provide an outline of how the process proceeds.


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