Design-build is a construction approach that combines the design and construction phases of a project into one seamless process, with a single entity responsible for both. It offers several advantages over other methods, including:
With design-build, the design and construction phases overlap, allowing for a more streamlined and efficient process. Changes can be made more quickly and with less cost and disruption, since the entire team is working together and communicating regularly.
Because design-build brings together all members of the team, including designers, builders, and subcontractors, communication and collaboration are improved. This helps to reduce misunderstandings and ensures that everyone is on the same page throughout the project.
With a single entity responsible for both design and construction, there is greater accountability for the final outcome. This can help to minimize disputes and ensure that the project is completed on time and within budget.
By eliminating the need for a separate bidding process and reducing the time required for back and forth between design and construction, design-build can often result in cost savings for the owner.
With design-build, the team is responsible for the entire project, from start to finish. This can lead to better quality control, since the team is invested in the outcome and has a greater understanding of the project as a whole.
Overall, design-build can be an effective approach especially for residential construction, where a high level of collaboration and coordination is required in a short amount of time between the design and construction teams.
As a design-build professional, ensuring thoughtfulness in solutions and creating meaningful spaces requires a mindful approach. Homes matter, and at Novell, we want the design-build work that we do to matter and be meaningful to homeowners for years to come.