KEOUGH Design-Build approach is highly successful because it places designers and builders in the same room, with the same goals thus providing the opportunity for the kind of collaboration that the construction industry so badly needs. In a traditional Design-Bid-Build delivery method, nearly 80% of cost decisions are made during the first 20% of the design phase of a capital project—this is a staggering fact. By not collaborating, owners just passed on the biggest source of potential project cost savings—and this is too big of an opportunity to pass on! Streamlining project delivery through a single contract between the owner and the design-build team transforms the relationship between designers and builders into an alliance, which fosters collaboration and teamwork. United from the outset of every project, an integrated team readily works to successfully complete a project faster, more cost effectively and with fewer change orders.
FASTER DELIVERY Collaborative project management means work is completed faster with fewer problems. Design-build projects can be completed in a shorter time because bid time is reduced, scheduling for the project can begin before the design is finalized, potential construction problems are uncovered early, and enhanced communication keeps everything moving.
Construction activities can begin well in advance of design completion. For example, the designer can size major, long-lead-time equipment, allowing orders to be placed before the final detailed design is complete. Or a site civil construction package can be purchased and started before the final details of the interior design have been defined. Similarly, the foundation work might also be issued in its own early package.
COST SAVINGS An integrated team is geared toward efficiency and innovation. Communicating the cost implications of design decisions helps the airport play a key role in arriving at the final project price. Once the scope of work has been finalized, the project costs are clearly defined and controlled by the design-build firm.
BETTER QUALITY Design-builders meet performance needs, not minimum design requirements, often developing innovations to deliver a better project than initially envisioned. The design-build method helps to remove ambiguity that may arise in material and construction specifications--the focus remains on protecting the clients’ interest.