I’m just wrapping up pre-construction services on a current Grit Design-Build project. As I began prepping the package for submission to the client, I thought as I usually do, ‘I know they will be pleased with this package.’ But then I thought, does anyone realize what it takes to design-build? What does the everyday Joe think that LOOKS like?
When I started the firm, I knew design-build was the way to go. I was frustrated at the inefficiency of design-bid-build, exhausted at the bottom-dollar competition of hard bid, and very concerned about the trajectory of my industry in general. Put simply, designers are drifting away from efficiency-in-design (mostly over-promising design and budget to the client and CYA) and hard bid contractors have to focus so hard on finding profits on over budget designs that quality often suffers.
Here, we do it differently. Whatever the client’s priority is, budget, schedule or quality, our team and leadership provides maximum benefit across the board. But again, what does that really look like? It’s no small feat. And for a small and growing business like Grit, it can be a monumental challenge. So, once you have hired a design-builder, here are some indicators to look for to be sure your project is headed for success and you’re receiving the value you should.
- Design Development: Your team shouldn’t have a problem turning over consistent revisions and ideas to you as the client. From early concepts, to scheduled milestone sets of designs, to completed construction documents.