WHAT IS DESIGN-BUILD?
Design-build is an alternative to the traditional design-bid-build project method, under which approach architecture and construction services are split into separate entities, and contracts.
Design-Build is instead a method of project delivery in which one entity – the design/build team – works with the owner to provide both architectural and construction services. One entity means a unified flow of work from the beginning through completion – thereby integrating the role of architect and constructor.
At reBUILD we look at each project differently, and tailor our unique process to meet the specific client needs. Typically we’ll divide work into three major tasks:
(1) Pre-design – where the basic parameters of the project will be established, including its budget and project duration
(2) Design, documentation and Buyout – where among other things we’ll file for any required permits
For each of these tasks reBUILD works closely with the owner to ensure the most successful outcome. We’ll be responsible for the quality of the work from the beginning to the end, as well as for meeting the budget that will be established with you early on. We’ll deliver the product to you after the completion of the construction.
The advantages of the design-build method for the owner are multiple – which is the reason why across the country and around the world, it is today the preferred method for delivering both small and large projects:
1. SINGLE RESPONSIBILITY
Single point of responsibility means that you only have to deal with us for everything – design and construction, meeting the budget, and the quality of work. This way any conflicts that typically arise between the architect and the builder are avoided.
2. YOU SAVE TIME
Having the construction team integrated in the design means that re-designs, unnecessary effort over-documenting the design, and long bidding process are all avoided. Also, in many cases construction can start before the design is finalized – which can also reduce the project duration.
3. YOU SAVE MONEY
It is our experience that this is the most economical way to build a project of small to medium scale in New York City since it typically offers significant savings on the overall project costs when compared to the traditional design, bid, and build process. That is realized because of the single design & build team: we take cost into account as we develop the design with you, and we communicate with our builders early in the process to guarantee cost-effective solutions.
4. YOU ARE IN CONTROL
Design-Build is the only way you can keep the control of the process. From the beginning of the job you set the goals and the project budget, from which the project duration is also estimated. During the process, our team will assist you in making the right, educated decisions that will allow you to realize your vision for your space, while meeting the agreed upon budget – avoiding any surprises.