Today, the design-build construction process has become the fashionable way to go about any building project. Not only is it seen as a more collaborative way to manage building projects, but it is also seen as one that allows contractors to more readily integrate design philosophy into the finished project. There are many pros and cons to the design-build construction process, though, so let’s look at three of the pros and two of the cons.
If you are in the process of beginning a construction process, you might wish to think about this.
- Reduce the cost of the project
The first major benefit is that you can quickly and easy reduce the cost of a particular project. That is a big part of the reason why many choose to invest in the design-build process. It can help to cut down the cost because there is so much planning beforehand. As such, it is unlikely that the project is going to run into the unforeseen problems that can crop up in other philosophies.
- Reduce the time, too
Thanks to the better collaboration and the easier interaction between all involved, you can reduce the time involved. Projects tend to run a little smoother, allowing for everything to be handled in a way that simply feels a bit more engaging for the people involved.
The project will come along easier thanks to the extra design planning that went ahead beforehand. The end result? A reduction in the time that the project should take to complete.
- Greater co-operation
If you see a lot of construction projects fail, it’s due to a lack of co-operation and interaction between all involved. Since the construction team are also designing, though, they are more likely to co-operate and work together as a team to try and find solutions to the problem.
This is a big reason why many companies today prefer to go down the route of design-build; they soon find that their staff tend to work together better.
- Only one port of contact
One issue with this particular method of construction, though, is that the contractors become the sole point of contact. This means that they are responsible both for the design and the construction phase. Many companies tend to prefer to have someone design and then someone build, following specifications. Put simply, many believe that it is extremely hard to find someone who can do both quality designs and quality constructions; can you trust the contractor to ‘mark their own homework’, as it were?
- Conflicts are harder to solve
The other difficulty with such a process is that it can be harder for all parties to reach consensus on a conflict. This can become problematic if the design and the building come from the one person. They might not agree with changes, whereas with a normal construction process they have to adhere to the expertise that is given to them by the designer. This can create some issues.
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