Choosing the right project delivery method is one of the most important decisions that will be made by an owner or tenant starting a construction project. The appropriate delivery method for your project can reduce risk and improve the likelihood of meeting project cost, quality, and schedule goals. Each of the different project delivery methods has advantages and disadvantages for both parties, however the delivery method really depends on the needs of the project.
Design-Bid-Build / General Contractor
Design-Bid-Build is very linear and typically starts with design services, often an architect, creating renderings, drawings and plans. All design and specification details are defined in this initial step. Second, General Contractors bid on the drawings and define the cost of the work, before building out the project. There is no collaboration between the design and construction teams. From there, the selected General Contractor moves onto the third step to execute on exactly what is detailed in the construction documents. The Design-Bid-Build method is well understood and consists of clearly defined roles for each party.
The Design Build project delivery method involves hiring a single team to execute on an entire construction project including design services and construction services, from preconstruction to completion. Many steps in this delivery method can run concurrently. This method lends itself to better collaboration between the design and construction processes. It is ideal for projects on a tight schedule, and often there are few pricing changes throughout the project and open communication. With everything funneling though the general contractor, not only does the client have a single point of contact, but it also eliminates liabilities and potential issues caused by two separate design and construction contracts.
With the Construction Management project delivery method, there is a single direct contract with a construction manager that is brought on early in the planning and design process. That construction manager will then subcontract out general contractors to execute on the project. This method also allows for concurrent design and construction work, however there is an increased risk of communication issues and budget concerns due to the structure of the contracts and subcontractors.
The best project delivery method depends on the needs and priorities of your project. If you would like to more information on which is the most appropriate method for your project contact us today. Our team offers unparalleled expertise in commercial construction and renovation.