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The most important decision in the early stages of planning a construction project is the determination of the delivery method for a construction project.
In today’s construction environment there are many different delivery methods for a construction project and the type of delivery method an Owner may wish to utilize depends on the nature and particular circumstances of each project. One of the options available to an Owner is the design-build project delivery method, which increasingly has become more popular during the past decade. In this contracting method the Owner contracts with one entity to design and construct the project. The Owner has one entity to look to for responsibility for the successful completion of the entire project. The Design-Builder agrees to take all of the risk for design and construction of the project. Often the Design-Builder is a traditional general contractor who usually contracts with an Architect or Engineer to perform the design related services for the project. However, the Design-Build Team may also be a project-specific joint venture between an architecture firm and a contracting company, a single company with both designers and builders on staff, or an individual developer or architect who subcontracts the other necessary expertise and skills for a project.
The Owner initially selects the Design-Build team and sets the project parameters such as performance criteria, time constraints and budgets. Typically, the Owner will request proposals from various Design-Build teams, and will provide to them basic performance information communicating the desired product. The Design-Builder will perform some preliminary design and cost estimating for the proposal. The proposal is submitted to the Owner with some design drawings, performance criteria, and a lump sum cost proposal. The Owner then chooses to award the contract to the entity they deem best.
DSV attorneys can help with the necessary legal framework for Design Build projects.