Design/Build is a system of project delivery under which one entity performs both design and construction under a single contract. This process streamlines project delivery by transforming the relationship between designers and builders into an alliance that fosters collaboration and teamwork. Design/Build is an integrated project delivery method that can bring significant benefits to owners. Design/Build offers the greatest speed from concept to completion with the highest cost effectiveness.
The advantages include improved communication between teams, an increased level of interdisciplinary fluency and transparency, and significantly better budget control. The owner can expect a fixed budget earlier in the design process, with far less risk of budget creep during the evolution of the design. By having a single source of responsibility for both design and construction an owner can mitigate the risk of delays and claims that impact the cost and delivery of a project.
Design/Build can also be used for the delivery systems within a project. Certain building systems can be provided on a Design/Build basis within a conventional Design/Bid/Build or GMP scenario. The design and construction of the structure, exterior wall and the mechanical and electrical systems can be provided in this way, and VBR has experience with this type of delivery method on multiple projects.