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Design Build
The Design Build process is swiftly becoming one of the most utilized techniques in delivering a construction project. In the Design Build approach the Owner contracts with one firm to provide both the design and construction services. This method is sometimes referred to as a "Turn-Key" contract.
Design Build
The Design Build approach replaces the traditional method of awarding separate contracts for design and for construction. On a Design Build project the Contractor, Architect and Engineer are allied and work together to serve the Owner. The Owner, Contractor and Architect/Engineer work as a Team to design and build a project that satisfies the needs of the Owner.

This method makes the steps between conception and completion fewer and more realistic as the Contractor has the advantage of knowing current costs, industry conditions, availability of skilled labor and design limitations.

Advantages:
arrow The Owner has an experienced Contractor leading the way.
arrow The Owner receives early cost input from the Contractor. Pricing information is provided on conceptual design ideas as they are developed.
arrow A Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) can be determined early in the process, typically right after the scope of the project has been established.
arrow Time can be saved because construction can begin before the design is completed. For example, the designers can be working on the interior finishes while the site work and foundations are underway.
arrow The need for Change Orders is minimized.
arrow Architectural and engineering fees are kept to a minimum and are known from the beginning of the project.
arrow Contractor fees are kept to a minimum and are known from the beginning of the project.
arrow Legal fees are kept to a minimum by eliminating the adversarial roles.
arrow Construction costs are minimized by allowing the Contractor to utilize the latest systems and methods that the Contractor knows are cost effective.
arrow Misunderstandings are minimized with the Team approach.
arrow The cooperative Team Spirit garners the best ideas from the Team Members.
arrow The Contractor that is responsible for carrying out the work establishes realistic completion dates.
arrow The Owner can take advantage of special services of the Design Build Team such as preliminary feasibility studies, value engineering and life cycle cost analysis.

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