What is Design-Build?

Charlottesville Design Build FirmDesign-build is a construction delivery method that has become increasingly popular in Charlottesville, Virginia, and around the USA. Also sometimes referred to as design-construct and single-source responsibility, design-build is characterized by the existence of just a single contract under which one team, the design-builder, provides both design and construction services. Contrast this with the design-bid-build model, which is the prevailing construction delivery method in much of the country. In design-bid-build, responsibility for design and construction is allocated between separate entities.

There are many advantages to design-build that explain its growing popularity. First, money and time are saved by transforming a sometimes antagonistic relationship between designers and builders into a collaborative endeavor where everybody is on the same team. With just a single contract between the homeowner and the design-builder, there is a greater spirit of collaboration and with it, more opportunities for innovation and problem solving.

Second, the homeowner doesn’t have to juggle multiple contracts simultaneously. The term “single-source responsibility” refers to the fact that one party – the design-builder – bears total responsibility for the successful delivery of the project. The design-builder is 100 percent accountable for costs, project completion timeliness, and overall customer satisfaction in the end result.

Third, there is an inherent efficiency that reduces costs. Because there is only one firm involved on the project from start to finish, there are no conflicts with outside entities to resolve, and no pointing fingers if and when difficulties arise. Instead, issues are addressed head-on, and the homeowner always retains full control.

For more information about design-build, contact Integrity Design + Build in Charlottesville, VA, today.