Why Design-Build Construction Works Best
A building is actually constructed twice. Before any earth is ever moved, the owner and design-build team must discuss and define the actual structure. A budget is then established, ideas are transformed into construction plans and specifications, and finally, physical construction begins.
Working with Friede & Associates takes the guesswork out of assembling the construction team. We provide the entire package of leadership, direction and execution expertise throughout each creative phase. Working with one firm, under one contractor, provides turnkey service—from guidance at the time the building is but a figment of someone’s imagination, through coordination of design and construction and beyond.
Because of the coordination of professional services, design-build optimizes the use of time and money. The result is commonly referred to as fast-track construction, where certain design and building functions can be overlapped to speed project completion. Budgets are also established early in the project. Once basic requirements are defined, long lead-time materials can be ordered early, also leading to earlier occupancy. In a similar fashion, value engineering provides the foundation for reducing costs without sacrificing quality, resulting in the lowest life cycle costs for the intended use of a facility.
The very nature of design-build enhances accuracy. First, both design and construction professionals are on the same team, working closely throughout the project to ensure its success. The builder’s field knowledge enhances the design by offering practical, money-saving, solutions. For the owner, it’s just plain easier to work with one company rather than several. Communication and decision-making are automatically streamlined. Single-source responsibility also means sole accountability. One firm oversees every phase, so this one company assumes total responsibility for all results.
By choosing to use a design-build contractor, you assure yourself a variety of positive results—professional guidance to help define a structure that meets your goals, design and construction services that take full advantage of scheduling and value engineering efficiencies, faster-than-average completion schedules, improved accuracy, easier communications and total accountability.
Clearly, the design-build construction process is the best way to ensure that your highest expectations are met—every time.