If you check out our Modular Construction page that’s listed under services in the main navigation, you’ll see that one of our construction offerings is called design-build construction. On the page we list it as “design build expertise.”
This helpful guide is meant to give you a general overview of what that means, and why you’ll be glad to work with a modular construction company capable of design build project management.
So let’s dig in.
What is design build construction? Design build is an efficient process or method in which one company is contracted to oversee a project from initial design conceptions and planning, through the construction of the building itself, and ending with the final delivery of your beautiful new building project.
As mentioned above, design build is a streamlining process that brings together all of the major components of your building construction project under one contract. The design build company will execute and oversee the entirety of your construction process. The result of this type of management is an efficient workflow process, aligned project logistics and goals, and a high quality, quick delivery of a finished building.
Design bid build actually refers to the most common construction process for traditional construction companies. For this type of delivery process, the design company is contracted separately from the construction company.
While the resulting building may be exactly what you want, companies that utilize a design bid build contract for multiple contractors are putting themselves at risk. The mutually exclusive companies are not legally contracted to work well together and this lack of collaboration can lead to hurdles in communication, disagreements, and refusal to work together. This may delay the time it takes to deliver your final project.
In this type of process, an owner relinquishes all construction responsibility and some of the cost risk onto a construction manager. The construction manager is then on the hook for delivering a project for the Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) established in the design phase of construction. This puts them in charge of all contracting and construction management and the execution of the work.
While initially attractive, it’s important for owners to recognize that they’ve relinquished total control over to a third party. This can result in conflicts of interests as well as confrontation and high costs should design changes be demanded by an owner.
Here are a list of the biggest advantages when it comes to utilizing design-build construction:
Since we are a modular construction company that offers design build expertise, let’s create an example of the process within our industry.
See here for a complete guide to the Modular Construction Process.
Here is how the design build process would look for you:
After doing all of your homework to hire the best modular construction company for your project, you select a company that offers design build services. Contracting a company of this type means that they’ll manage a team of subcontractors or offer the services of their diverse design-build, in-house team.
We might be biased, but don’t work with a company that doesn’t have a plan in place to cover a pre-construction assessment. In this crucial step, your design-build construction company will evaluate your company, your financials, your industry as a whole, your visions and goals.
This also a great opportunity to assess the financial reality of your current situation and balance the needs of short-term requirements for construction, and long-term considerations.
With modular construction, we can build you the exact modules you’ll need at this time. But during the assessment phase, we’ll also be able to plan for the addition of more modules as your company grows or your service offerings evolve.
The design builder will manage and contract for design build engineers, architects, project management teams, subcontractors, and specialty trade professionals to collaborate together and with you to layout cost-effective designs that meet all your modular building requirements. This includes the needs of your staff, clients, customers, your maintenance team, anyone else invested in the functionality of your project, and your financial goals.
It’s during this step, that everyone should have a pretty clear understanding of what the final costs of your project will be. And your design-builder will be in charge of making sure that your project stays as close as possible to this determined price-point.
For modular construction, we can begin the construction process even before the final design is completed. This will give us a two-fold head start on almost any traditional construction company.
The second part of modular construction that allows you to receive a quicker final project is that the site preparation and foundation work can all be completed while the individual modular units of your construction project are being built in an off-site area.
Once your modular building or prefabricated building has all of its components assembled and permitted, and the site preparation is completed, your design-build contractor will arrange for the transportation and logistics to deliver your project and assemble it on-site.
The buildings are stacked, welded together, utilities are connected, finish work is executed, and any necessary landscaping that was contracted in will be finished.
The final step is smooth exchange of information about your new modular building facility. This means that the design-build modular contractor has assembled all necessary documentation about the final specs of your project, locations of important serviceable components, etc.
This ensures that any future maintenance and construction teams can easily step on your campus and know where they need to go to fix, or install new construction projects.
No. While it might seem like purchasing this level of expertise, design, and resource management would be more costly than a design bid build or construction management process, studies have found that that is not the case.
In a study conducted by the Design-Build Institute of America, they laid out some of the specific cost and time savings associated with design build services in contrast to the other two construction project delivery systems.
Their findings reported:
If you’d like to find out how our award winning, fast growing construction team can build your custom modular building, then contact us today. Select the “request a quote” button on this page and one of our modular building experts would be happy to connect with you about why developers, building managers, and contractors love working with us.