What does “design build” mean and why is it better?


What does “Design Build” mean and why is it better?

What do we mean when we say we’re a design build firm? It seems pretty simple: we do the
design and the build – but what exactly does that entail? We’re going to quickly break down
how a typical design-build project is executed, how this approach is different from others,
and how we at Assembly take design-build even further.

In brief, design-build is just one way a project can be delivered from concept design to built
object. There is only one contract for the project, held by a firm that renders both
architectural and construction services. This can mean that the firm is led by a general
contractor who subcontracts/consults with an architect, or vice versa. What is more
common to encounter is the design-bid-build format for project delivery, which entails
many things, but boils down to the client holding multiple contracts: one with the
architect, and another with a contractor.

In all cases, the architect oversees the entire project, from initial concept to final
construction. They design the building, develop detailed plans, and ensure the vision is
executed accurately. The contractor manages the construction, coordinates trades, and
ensures the project meets quality and safety standards.

With design-build, collaboration between the architect and contractor is seamless,
promoting efficient communication and problem-solving. This synergy reduces delays and
cost overruns, leading to a more streamlined process and cohesive final product.
Assembly stands out as a design-build model to the greatest extent by being led by a
licensed architect who is also a licensed contractor. Rather than deciding between a
contractor-led design-build, or an architect-led design-build, we provide both services