What is design-build construction?
Design-build is one of several possible methods of building a project. In design-build, the owner hires the contractor for both design and construction.
What is a design-build contractor?
First, a contractor must have design capabilities. Not all do, and care should be taken to find a versatile, qualified contractor. When design and construction services are contracted from a single source, that contractor is known as the design-build contractor.
What are the benefits of hiring a design-build contractor?
The total responsibility for all work on the project lies with the design-build contractor, minimizing risks for the project owner. It is also convenient to work with a single point person, which the contractor will assign you. Usually the time frame for the project will be shortened because design and engineering, as well as cost analysis will be done concurrently.
Will hiring a contractor with design-build capabilities cost more money?
No. In some cases it may actually save money. It is a guarantee that the designer and builder are in synch, as they are one and the same. Mistakes are minimized and/or avoided, and production time is expedited.