Design-build is a way of delivering a project, this methd being used in the construction industry. The method involves delivering a project in which the design and construction services have been contracted or agreed to be done by an individual called the design–builder or design–build contractor i.e. the design-build team works under a single contract with the project owner to provide design and construction services. One entity and one contract means one unified flow of work from initial concept through to the completion of the project. Other names for design-build are design/construct and single-source responsibility. Design–build relies on one party/ individual for the responsibility of the contract as well as to streamline and reduce the delivery schedule by overlapping the design and construction phases of a project.
Across the country and around the world, the design-build method is being used successfully to deliver office buildings, schools, stadiums, transportation and water infrastructure projects with superior results, helping society.
Design-build is a relatively newer alternative to design-bid-build because in the design-bid-build, the design and construction of the property are dealt with by separate entities/ contractors which means separate contracts are issued and separate work is carried out.
The design-build technique offers many advantages which will be outlined below:
1 ) Faster Delivery — collaborative project management means work is completed faster with fewer problems.
2 ) Cost Savings — an integrated team means that the team will work closely together, supproting each other in areas where they are weakest at which results in increased efficiency and innovation.
3 ) Better Quality — design-builders goal is to meet performance needs, not minimum design requirements. Hence design builders are often developing innovations to deliver a better project than initially imagined.
4 ) Singular Responsibility — one entity is held accountable for cost, schedule and performance.
5 ) Decreased Administrative Burden — owners can focus on the project rather than managing disparate contracts from separate design and builder contractors
6 ) Reduced Risk — the design-build team assumes additional risk.