Design/Build

Using proven methods of planning and execution Rochon Corporation is able to build the quality that provides the best value to our clients. We approach every project with our client’s overall business objectives in mind and maintain effective communication throughout the project. The result is a customized plan and approach that best fits the client and their vision of the project.

The design-build delivery method is a shift from the more traditional design-bid-build delivery of construction contracts. Successful design-build projects offer an owner many benefits that add value to a project. These advantages include:

Single Point of Responsibility

A design-build contract combines design and construction quality, cost, and schedule into a single point of responsibility. Design-build contracts foster partnering between team members, which in turn adds value to a project. This single point of responsibility also helps the design-build team avoid potential adversarial relationships that could arise under traditional, design-bid-build contracts.

Improved Project Quality

Using the design-build delivery, the architect and contractor coordinate as a team, leaving an owner free to focus on the project’s scope and general decision making. This leads to a higher quality project that better suits the owner’s needs in the following ways:

  • The design-build team works together to produce a complete set of construction documents. By contrast, with a design-bid-build delivery, the owner is responsible for providing complete documents to the contractor.
  • Constructability can be reviewed throughout the design process by all members of the design-build team. This leads to effective value engineering ideas created by the architect, contractor and engineer working together to maximize design and functionality while maintaining budgetary and schedule concerns.
Earlier knowledge of Guaranteed costs

The design-build delivery system allows the contractor to establish a guaranteed cost early on in the design phase. This allows the owner to make changes, request additional value engineering, or add scope to a project before the substantial design is complete.

Cost and Time Savings

Value engineering and constructability review are enhanced and utilized continuously throughout the project duration. The early involvement of the design-build team is essential in maximizing the full potential of the design-build delivery system. Decisions that can be made during the programming, concept and design phases will impact the schedule and costs of the project more than any other phase of construction.

With a design-build project, design and construction for a project can easily overlap, allowing for fast track construction. The owner benefits from this shortened timeframe because construction costs can be reduced and the new building will be available for use sooner.

Improved Risk Management

Because the design-build team has the responsibility for developing drawings and specifications as well as constructing a fully-functioning facility, change orders for errors and omissions are virtually eliminated. Each stake holder on the design-build team is responsible for the risks they are best positioned to manage.

The overall project performance is enhanced through the partnering that is unique to the design-build delivery method. This alleviates the potential for the adversarial conflicts realized when each entity is looking after their own best interests.

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