the advantages to an Architect Led Design Build
ONE INTEGRATED TEAM AND ONE CONTRACT
Architect Led Design Build streamlines project delivery through a single contract between the owner and the design-build team. This simple but fundamental difference saves the homeowner money and time by transforming the typical relationship of Owner-Architect-Builder in which all entities are separate to a simplified relationship in which the owner can deal with one entity that is responsible for everything. This simplification creates a streamlined alliance which fosters collaboration, teamwork, and a single flow of information between client and design/build team.
United from the outset of every project, an integrated team readily incorporates design ideas throughout the project timeline and can rapidly and affordably respond to the client’s requests and changes to the scope of work. There’s one company, one contract, and one contact person throughout the entire process from initial design concept to final project!
The difference explained in diagrams. The typical relation is shown below:
The Architect Led Design Build relationship shown below:
THE DESIGN BUILD BENEFITS
Faster Delivery — combined project management means work is completed faster with fewer problems. There is less opportunity for miscommunication because one office handles all aspects of the process.
Cost Savings — an integrated team is geared toward efficiency and innovation. There are no charges during the project for additional communication between the builder and architect.
Better Quality — design-builders meet performance needs, not minimum design requirements, often developing innovations to deliver a better project than initially imagined.
Singular Responsibility — one entity is held accountable for design, cost, schedule and performance. Clients love this part of the design/build process because it is clear and simple!
Decreased Administrative Burden — owners can focus on the project rather than managing disparate contracts and communication between the designer and builder. With less administration happening between various professional offices more time can be spent producing an amazing final product.
Reduced Risk for Owner— the design-build team assumes additional risk, which protects the owner from a complicated litigation process.