What are the advantages of Design & Build over the conventional system of architect and general interior fit-out contractor?
It’s a great question and with over a decade of design and build experience under our belts, we feel like it’s a good time to call out our top reasons why the design-build system is the way forward for the interior fit out sector in Australasia and wider Countries. It is evident that the design and build process is gaining momentum.
What is Design & Build?
The design and build delivery method is a shift from the more traditional design-bid-build delivery of interior fit out contracts. Design build contracts are usually performed by the contractor e,g DB , who is in charge of the design and is also responsible to build the project. A design and build contract is usually the preferred contracting method under tight schedule and time frames. It is intended to save time and considerable cost. Successful design-build projects offer an owner or management team many benefits that add value to a project. Quantity surveyors talk on a daily basis with the DB Interiors design team under one roof. This gives tremendous advantage in knowledge transfer for the build.
Design and build fit-out contracts in NZ and Australia
Design and build contracts have been used successfully for several decades and Management teams and Employers from different organisations are adopting this procurement route more often.
This has given great advantages for procurement as more and more Employers are adopting the Design and Build route for their interior fit out projects.
Single Point of Responsibility
DB Interiors design build approach provides a single turn-key source for the entire project. In the classic design-bid-build method the owner must: select an architect / designer, finalize the design, bid the project, select a contractor, and then act as an intermediary. Our design-build method fosters teamwork, creativity, and lends itself to better cooperation and eliminates poor workmanship.
Cutting through the competition
Directors and employers are finding themselves challenged with meeting a plethora of design, sustainability, cost, time and functionality specifications. Design and Build companies like DB Interiors engage the cream of the region’s design and architectural community who keeps their fingers on the pulse of the industry to ensure they are up to date with the latest trends and technologies to create innovative designs which people marvel at while staying close to estimators to meet target budgets.
Speed of delivery from concept to completed building.
There is normally a much quicker delivery time than for traditional method. In its simplest form, design and build allows work on site to begin earlier (that is before the design is fully complete) than under traditional forms of fit out contract, because of the level of design control given to the contractor. Normally, the design and build procurement approach allows programs and budgets to be more easily met and the speed of construction is also often quicker.
Discussing budget during the design phase (not waiting until the bids come in) helps to keep the projects within a realistic budget. Communicating the cost implications of design decisions ensures that the owner or employer plays a key role in arriving at the final project price. Once the scope of work has been finalized, the project costs are clearly defined and controlled by the design and build firm. The design and build firm and the owner can now work together to establish what methods and materials will amplify the owners value. Once the budget is set, over runs rarely occur and are typically due to change orders implemented by the owner which are dealt with by simply working by Additional work request AWR while project progresses.
Packaging other services
Design and build firms like DB Interiors have taken the concept of single point responsibility a step further, assuming additional duties in our contracts. It is common for us to provide turnkey services, which often include performance testing and personnel training, so that the facility is ready to operate when the owner or employer “turns the key.”
Improved Project Quality
Design and build interior fit-outs inherently provides higher quality than the separated discipline approach, Because the design and build firm has responsibility for performance, it is motivated to build with high quality without losing the essence of the design.
Since the design parameters and budgetary goals of a project are being developed simultaneously it allows effective execution and communication between all parties. Understanding the parameters of a project amongst designers and contractors is a crucial step in this process. With everyone working together the owner/Clienthas greater access to the project team throughout its development for a seemless delivery.