Design-Build construction is another contracting method that is gaining popularity, as it can provide significant cost and time savings for owners. Whereas the traditional Design-Bid-Build process separates design and construction, Design-Build provides a single point of responsibility for an entire project. Instead of the owner contracting separately with the architect and the contractor, Design-Build typically ties the architect contractually to the contractor. The contractor then enters into a Design-Build contract with the owner. The owner now has to deal with one entity, the Design-Build team, and not each one separately.
Here’s how it works at Cooper Commercial: We select an architect/engineer for a specific project and place them under contract as part of our design-build team. We then work with the owner to plan, design and construct the project to meet the specific goals, constraints and demands of the project. Similar to Construction Manager at Risk, Design-Build enhances the opportunity for improved coordination between the designers and constructors, more efficient and constructible designs, economies of time and cost and a greater overall team approach.