Design Build

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 - thereby re-integrating the roles of designer and constructor.  Design-build is an alternative to the traditional design-bid-build project delivery method.  Under the latter approach, design and construction services are split into separate entities, separate contracts, separate work.  Across the country and around the world, design-build successfully delivers both horizontal and vertical construction projects with superior results - no matter what the project type.  Streamlining project delivery through a single contract between the owner and the design-build team transforms 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 works to successfully complete a project faster, more cost effectively and with fewer change orders.

The Owner manages only ONE contract with a single point of responsibility:

  • Designer and Contractor are on the "same" team.
  • Unified recommendations.
  • Changes are practically eliminated by the "same" team approach.
  • The blame game is eliminated by the "same" team approach.

Design/Build Project Delivery System


  • Saves time and money for the owner
  • Fosters and achieves innovation
  • Eliminates disputes between architect/engineer and the contractor.
  • Design-build places the responsibility for design errors and omissions on the design-builder, relieving the owner of major legal and managerial responsibilities. The burden for these costs and associated risks are transferred to the design-build team.
  • Studies have shown:
    • Design-build projects are delivered 33.5% faster than projects that are designed and built under separate contracts
    • Design-build projects are constructed 12% faster and have a unit cost that is 6.1% lower than design-bid-build projects