The Design-Build Institute of America writes on their web site the following description explaining the construction method.
What is Design-Build?
is a method of project delivery in which one entity – the design-build
team – works under a single contract with the project owner to
provide design and construction services. One entity, one contract,
one unified flow of work from initial concept through completion.
Design-build is also known as design/construct and single-source
responsibility. Across the country and around the world, design-build
successfully delivers office buildings, schools, stadiums, transportation
and water infrastructure projects with superior results.
is an alternative to design-bid-build. Under the latter approach, design
and construction are split – separate entities, separate contracts,
design-bid-build and construction management are the three project delivery
systems most commonly employed in North America. Over the past 15 years,
use of design-build has greatly accelerated in the United States, making
this delivery method one of the most significant trends in design and
Contract, One Integrated Team
streamlines project delivery through a single contract between the owner
and the design-build team. This simple but fundamental difference saves
money and time by transforming the relationship between designers and
builders into an alliance which fosters collaboration and teamwork. United
from the outset of every project, an integrated team readily incorporates
BIM and LEED certification goals.
Delivery — collaborative project management means work is completed
faster with fewer problems.
Savings — an integrated team is geared toward efficiency and
Quality — design-builders meet performance needs, not minimum
design requirements, often developing innovations to deliver a better
project than initially imagined.
Responsibility — one entity is held accountable for cost, schedule and
Administrative Burden — owners can focus on the project
rather than managing disparate contracts.
Risk — the design-build team assumes additional risk.
Litigation Claims — by closing warranty gaps owners virtually eliminate
Profit Margin — an integrated team is fully and equally committed to
Administrative Burden — design-build streamlines
communication between designers and builders.
Litigation — a Victor O. Schinnerer benchmarking and claims study
shows that from 1995-2004, only 1.3% of claims against A/E firms were made
by design-build contractors.
Market Share— more and more owners choose design-build.