PROJECT DELIVERY METHODS

Design-Bid-Build

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Traditionally the Design-Bid-Build delivery method competitively bids complete construction documentation to determine a building partner to deliver your project based on low-fee. We prefer a format that utilies a cost-plus contractural relationship on certain projects and a stipulated sum on others. Either has different advantages and disadvantages.

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DELIVERY METHODOLOGY

Design-Bid-Build...

There are no tangible time-saving short cuts in the construction process (none that will maintain quality or craft). Like preparing solid, complete construction documentation, construction takes time.

There are two primary phases to the traditional Design-Bid-Build project delivery methodology:

- The Design Phase takes between 4-7 months depending on the size and complexity of the project and your ideal pace. It involves a progressive dialogue with you structured over a series of meetings - each with a particular agenda. The process graduates from general to specific as we collaborate to develop the best design.
- The Tender/Negotiation Phase...
- The Construction Phase starts with Permit Submission drawings and Construction Document milestones where we translate the design and develop the details, specifications and co-ordinated documentation for a duration between 2-6 months. Once Construction Documents are ready, construction begins with the successful builder for between 6-18 months (again, depending on the size and complexity of the project).

By using Design-Bid-Build, your project may take around 5-8 months longer (and at added cost). By comparison, the Architect-Led-Design-Build process will progress through project phases in the most efficient way.


At the start, we recommend beginning strong with our Discovery Consultation service to identify and assess your requirements accurately and help you do your homework. You will also get to know us better and see if we are a fit (which is important in a sustained project relationship).

Interested in learning more or getting started? Let's schedule a meeting to answer questions and describe what you can expect.
* Architectural fees vary considerably by project but often begin at 15% of construction cost. Contractor fees are in addition as per agreement.

COMMON QUESTIONS

+ HOW MUCH WILL THIS SERVICE COST?

A: Design-Bid-Build fees have a range based on the type & complexity of the project, the location and the total scope of professional services. To get a better idea of how much your project may cost in terms of fees to deliver the project, reach out to us and give us some basic information about the project (brief summary, project type, size, address, and any additional services you may be interested in). We'll get back to you with a rough idea of cost for your specific project prior to preparing a formal proposal agreement.


+ WHAT ARE THE NEGATIVES OF DESIGN-BID-BUILD TO THE CLIENT?

A:The negative attributes of a Design-Bid-Build process to the client include:
- Multipled points of responsibility;
- Contractually clear roles, responsibilities and accountability within a single team.



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