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  • Writer's pictureGabe Palacios

What is Design Build?

Updated: Jan 7, 2021

As the name suggests, a Design Build firm handles both the architectural design and construction management elements of a construction project. Our architectural design team and construction management team, representing professionals familiar with all facets of the building trade, work synergistically to provide a service greater than the sum of our parts. We work collaboratively to provide building plans and designs catered to the specific needs, style, and budget of each client.

Combining these specialties under one roof allows us to streamline and simplify the building process. Design Build firms have the ability to operate as a “one-stop” shop for construction projects; clients need only communicate their vision to one set of people who are responsible for planning, designing, and executing the project. This simplifies both the initial design process and is also the case throughout the project, saving time, money, and possible frustrations. Compared to a traditional, design, bid, and build process, commercial construction projects using design build firms, complete 102 percent faster -according to a study commissioned by the Design Build Institute of America (DBIA). Although, unforeseen complications can occur with any project, potential issues are mitigated by having both the design team and construction management team working together, in house.

Design build firms are increasing in demand, making up 44% all commercial contract dollars in 2019, according to the American Institute of Building Design (AIBD).

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