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What is design-build?

Design-build (or design/build, and abbreviated D-B or D/B accordingly) is a construction project delivery system where, in contrast to "design-bid-build" (or "design-tender"), the design and construction aspects are contracted for with a single entity known as the design-builder or design-build contractor. The design-builder is usually the general contractor, but in many cases it is also the design professional (architect or engineer). This system is used to minimize the project risk for an owner and to reduce the delivery schedule by overlapping the design phase and construction phase of a project. Where the design-builder is the contractor, the design professionals are typically retained directly by the contractor. This is one of the oldest forms of construction since developing from the "Master Builder" approach.

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This system has been widely adopted in the commercial building industry and is making its way into the residential market. This home is one example of such a project. Our firm was hired as the design-builder for this home and was responsible for the entire scope of the project with the requirements established by Northwest Hills Builders, LLC. The time from the purchase of the property to the final inspection was 13 months. The preliminary drawings were prepared one month earlier, increasing the entire project cycle to 14 months.

The design team consisted of a professional architect, a kitchen and bath specialist, licensed designers on the staff of the lighting and bath suppliers, and last but not least, members of our firm’s staff.

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If design-build is not for you, read about our blending of two design-bid-build project delivery methods, construction management and general contracting.