Too often we hear stories from people who had miserable experiences when designing and/or building a new project. Their architect prepared plans that turned out to be way over budget or their contractor took twice as long to construct the building as originally promised. Or maybe the architect and builder did not communicate well and the owner had to step in as a mediator just to get the project finished.
All building projects are complex. They involve numerous people with varying agendas and if not managed properly, they can quickly get off track. To prevent this, a global understanding of the project is necessary and is really only attainable if the same group is managing the project all the way from inception to completion.
Early builder involvement, during the design phase of the project, is invaluable in helping to establish construction costs and answer questions of constructability. In turn, dedicated architect involvement throughout the construction of the building will ensure that design intent is followed and misinterpretation is avoided. When Architect and Builder are separate entities, as in a traditional project delivery, early builder involvement and extended architect involvement are seldom realized. As a result, the chances of success are greatly diminished as a gap forms between design and construction.
In Design Build however, Architect and Builder are one and the same. There is no gap as communication is streamlined and in-house. Schedule and budget are generated early and monitored regularly throughout the life of the project – not just during construction. Likewise, critical details and unique design features are sure to be executed accurately in the field – not just in the architect’s office.
The Knowlton Group believes strongly in the Design Build method of project delivery. Design Build is the bridge over the gap.