Traditional Construction Model Changes
The traditional construction services industry is changing. Under the traditional approach, design and construction services are split into separate entities, separate locations, and separate work. Because the Architect and Builder are independent companies, this necessitates the need for separate agreements, or contracts.
Design-build, however, is quickly becoming the preferred method of project delivery. In this method, one entity – the design-build team – works under a single company with consistent core values and goals across the company. This single entity works alongside the project owner, or homeowner, to provide design and construction services as a turnkey product. Having a single entity approach the project as a turnkey product appears to be the defining element.
“This simple but fundamental difference saves money and time by transforming the relationship between designers and builders into an alliance which fosters collaboration and teamwork.”
-The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA)
In the past many design and construction projects were managed and delivered in a way that made cost and outcomes unpredictable. With the builder and architect working under separate companies and separate contracts, the two entities made it possible to defer cost, or blame of cost, to the other entity. As a result, owners began demanding alternative methodologies that provided enhanced solutions and predictability. To read more about the study’s findings, click here: The Power of Design Builder [Whitepaper]