In this approach, the owner contracts with a single firm — the design-builder — who provides services for both design and construction. The design-build contractor provides these services through its own employees or subcontractors. The design-build contractor can also provide support as a developer should the owner require assistance in finding financing or sourcing land. Through this method, the design-builder, architect, engineer, and contractors are all united to serve the interests of the owner. Typically, the design-build contractor is paid on a cost-plus-fee basis. Alternately, the owner and design-build contractor can negotiate a fixed price to execute the project.
Design-Build vs. Design-Bid-Build Design-build offers many advantages over the traditional general contracting, or design-bid-build, experience.
Owner Advantage #1: Save Money
Owner Advantage #2: Save Time
Owner Advantage #3: Get Better Service
Owner Advantage #4: Experience Better Relationships Through Teamwork