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Top 3 Benefits of the Design-Build Process

The design-build method is a growing trend in the construction industry due to its cost and time-saving benefits. Unlike the traditional design-bid-build method, in which a project owner must manage two separate contracts between the designer and contractor, design-build promotes a collaborative environment where all key project players work under one team and contract to achieve the same goal—the project’s overall success. 

A.C.E. Building Service is proud to be an industry-leading construction contractor using the design-build method, paving the way for the entire construction industry. 

Below are the top three benefits of the design-build process, providing insight into why working as one design-build team is quickly becoming the best approach to successful project delivery.

1) Faster Project Timelines

Gone are the days when countless hours were wasted simply trying to get all separate teams working on a project on the same page. With design-build, all the decision makers (architects, engineers, designers, consultants, etc.) are involved in the planning from day one. Potential problems can be identified and corrected in the project’s pre-construction phase, allowing for a smoother and faster project timeline once you break ground.

Working as one team allows you to seamlessly overlap the five phases of the design-build process, allowing for a more fluid and simplified process.

2) Cost Planning and Savings

Working as one design-build team allows you to better budget, track expenses, and maintain a comprehensive understanding of costs throughout the entire project.

Costly change orders can oftentimes be attributed to the contractor not being involved in the design process of a project. The design-build method reduces this risk for all parties involved. The architect's risk of re-design is lowered, as is the contractor's risk of document discrepancies and confusion during construction. As a result, the likelihood of a needed change order is noticeably reduced, saving the client unexpected cost overages and potential project delays. Since design-build also gives you a complete oversight of every step of the project, you have the flexibility to order materials out of sequence and plan around any projected material cost increases or supply chain issues.

At A.C.E. Building Service, our design and construction teams ensure cost savings through the prudent use of materials, cost-efficient construction processes, and reduced labor costs. Our design-build approach offers pre-engineered metal building solutions, giving you the best and most accurate project cost estimate.

3) Clear and Complete Project Clarity

Working as one team, you are able to manage and know where responsibility falls at all times, providing complete project clarity. When you have accountability for all project outcomes, including design quality, total costs, and project timelines, you minimize any confrontation or disputes on the construction site and during other phases of the project.

The design-build method encourages a team environment where all parties are sitting at the table for every meeting and every decision from start to finish. If any issues arise with the project’s design, budget, or construction, everyone works together to find a solution rather than pointing fingers and placing blame.

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Is Design-Build Right for Your Construction Project?

If you wish to complete your project on time, on budget, and with complete collaboration across all teams, design-build is the most beneficial option. 

Our Shady Lane Assisted Living project is a great example of how we utilized the design-build method to successfully construct 36 single occupancy units, resulting in an award-winning 34,500-square-foot addition to the existing facility. 

We partnered with Shady Lane's architect Eppstein Uhen Architects (EUA) of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Following the design-build process allowed for strong collaboration and communication throughout the project's entire lifecycle. By working as one unified team, we finished the first phase of the two-phase project two months ahead of schedule with minimal unexpected costs. 

Download our free Design-Build eBook today to learn more about the Design-Build process and how it can save you time and money on your next construction project!

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Why Choose A.C.E. Building Service?

A.C.E. Building Service has years of experience completing design-build projects across all industry platforms, with the Shady Lane Assisted Living project being just one example. A restaurant, yacht manufacturing facility, and a convenience store are all projects we completed using the design-build method, and we are happy to report complete customer satisfaction. 

We are also a proud partner of Butler Manufacturing, representing the world’s leading producer of pre-engineered metal building solutions. There are many advantages to building pre-engineered steel building structures, including fast and efficient construction, durability, affordability, and money-saving solutions over the entire lifetime of the building.

A.C.E. Building Service is committed to providing every customer with an exceptional experience for their construction project. We are constantly looking for ways to improve delivery processes, and we are proud to be streamlining the innovative design-build method into our projects. 

Whether looking for a simple building solution, a retrofit roof, or a multiple building complex, look no further than A.C.E. Building Service! 

Contact us today to request a quote for your project. We're here to help!

Topics: Design-Build

Written by Chris Herzog

Chris is a graduate of The University of Wisconsin - Platteville where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management. In addition, he is a LEED accredited professional (LEED-AP). He began his career with A.C.E. in 2005 as an estimator/project manager and later held the responsibilities of business development and marketing before assuming the role of President in 2021. In addition to the overall management and leadership of the company, he continues to build relationships with clients, serves at the board level in several community organizations, and ensures that the company's core values are upheld and at the center of every project.