It is a method to deliver a project in which the design and construction services are contracted by a single entity known as the design-builder or design-build contractor. The design-build procurement route changes the traditional sequence of work; it relies on a single point of responsibility contract and is used to minimize risks for the project owner and to reduce the delivery schedule by overlapping the design phase and construction phase of a project.
A typical project would involve the client specifying their must haves based on the site area. These include details such as the number of offices, conference rooms, data and hardware requirements, entrances, security features and others. The design-build contractor would then establish a team of consultants including an architect, as well as mechanical, electrical and structural engineers and site surveyors. Based on the findings of these experts, the design-build contractor creates a plan for the layout design and establishes construction costs that include all the above mentioned consultant fees.
Generally, this budget is set between the client and design-build contractor, and only changes if there is a scope of work alteration required from the clients’ side. The advantage for the client of choosing a design-build contract is that once all the parameters have been established in the beginning of the project, the onus falls on the design-build contractor to maintain the initial budget.
What makes a strong design-build contractor is the ability to envision the full potential of the clients’ space, and efficiently communicate this with the client so that both parties share a common goal. At One Oak Construction, our clients rely on us to provide prompt service, have transparency with our costs, and maintain an environment of trust throughout the design-build process. We provide design-build services in Toronto, the GTA and most of Southern Ontario and take pride in growing meaningful relationships with our clients.