The design-build team and the owner are in this together, and they have the same goal –to complete a successful project that meets or exceeds the owner’s expectations. When teams encounter challenges on a project (and there are always challenges), pointing fingers is not an option. Instead, everyone rolls up their sleeves and works on solutions together.
One entity, the design-builder, is accountable for the entire project, including the end result, the costs, and how quickly it is completed. When the same group that designs the project also builds the project, design, budgeting, and scheduling become part of the whole integrated process.
HONEST & FREQUENT COMMUNICATION
Understanding the evolution of a design, trusting design professionals, refining ideas in the field, and listening to owner's thoughts, questions, and concerns all play a part in the communication necessary for design build to be successful. You will find those at Moon Bros Inc.
We have all heard the stories of construction getting out of hand and messy. However, in design-build, the team acts as a trusted advisor to owners throughout the design and construction process, guiding the way to the best possible outcome.
Design and construction involve managing hundreds of decisions, construction best practices, timelines, and sequencing that all need to be coordinated. When your architect is your builder, there is a seamlessness to the process. Design/build also allows the owners to consider options and work through design opportunities while in the construction phase. The design-build system is highly adaptive and responsive in the field. Since we know both design and construction, informed alterations can occur with the confidence that they will maintain design continuity.
The design-build concept operates under the assumption that the owner actually wants to be an active participant in the design and construction of their building. By being involved in the process, owners can be assured that their goals are accomplished, and their wishes are achieved Such an involvement gives owners a lasting sense of pride in their building.
When the person that creates a design is actually building it, there is an inherent understanding of the construction goals, but also of the process that developed the design. The act of having to learn a set of drawings or decipher intent of the drawings does not exist, for the architect that formed the ideas of the project based on input from the owner is the one that is actually building it.
Design-build firms are experts in both fields: design and construction. There is a tremendous advantage to working with architects who can think like builders and builders who can think like architects. During the design process, details are addressed that are not only aesthetically pleasing, but are well constructed and sustainable. Conversely, when a field modification is necessary, as builders with design sense, the solutions are well thought out and in accord with the design intent.
Collaboration and evolution are the mark of a strong design-build team. The whole team, including the owner, works together to produce the most appropriate solutions for the owner's criteria. The project is allowed to evolve and refine as the team builds toward completion.