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A Guide to Design-Build in Texas

What is Design-Build?

Design-build construction delivery is when the owner has only one contract with a single point of responsibility. When the architects and builders are on the same team it results in unified construction and design recommendations, seamless communication throughout the entire project, and a general understanding across all arms of the company. This makes for a much smoother workflow. Statistics show that design-build projects are completed 102% faster than traditional design-bid-build projects.

Design-Build Process

The Design-Build process has five main phases:

  1. Selecting a Design-Builder
  2. Pre-construction assessments
  3. Architectural design
  4. Construction
  5. Post-construction

This process is cohesive and collaborative in comparison to other construction methods. Due to the fact that the design-build team resumes full responsibility for developing drawings and specifications along with constructing a fully-functioning facility, change orders for errors and omissions are virtually eliminated.

Selecting a Design-Build Firm

The process begins by selecting a Design-Builder with the best experience and expertise to handle your project. We recommend that you avoid using a hard-dollar bid selection process. Design-Build commercial construction companies deliver the best value for your project through a thorough budget solution process. Estimates are determined with your predetermined budget in mind from the beginning to the end of the project timeline. By selecting a builder based solely on who has the lowest initial bid before they actually get into the design/construction process you are increasing the probability of misleading estimates. This can stunt the success of your project due to price uncertainties.

Design-Build Cost/Time Savings

According to the Design-Build Institute of America, Design-Build projects are still delivered faster and with greater reliability in cost and schedule performance. Building smart with Design-Build also pays dividends, reducing both accounting costs and opportunity costs. In the chart below, we show you the savings by percentage when you choose the Design-Build method compared to Design-Bid-Build.

Our Design-Build Construction Company

At Maxx Builders & Designers, Design-Build is what we do. With an in-house team of architect designers, partnering engineers, and a robust construction team across Texas we aim to create Design-Build teams that perfectly match the unique demands of any given project. Our teams are some of the most respected in the industry. They pride themselves on ingenuity in solving problems and creating environments that motivate and inspire. Each team is an all-star cast selected specifically for the task at hand. Please give us a call at 832-871-4166 to discuss your current project needs with our Design-Build experts.

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