Design – Build Partnering
Definition – The Owner enters into a contractual agreement with a Design – Build Team which acts as a single, cohesive entity providing both design and construction services to the Owner. The Team works closely with the Owner from early project development, design, scheduling, cost estimating, bidding, construction to project closeout.
Advantages – In the Design Build Delivery Scheme, should a question/problem/alternative arise during project delivery, there are only two groups which are involved in its resolution, the Owner and the Design – Build Team. This close working relationship, early involvement and continuous feedback at each phase during project delivery means a higher level of project quality and reduced time to project closeout can be achieved.
Design – Build maintains competitive project costs by bidding out portions of the work to qualified subcontractors and typically contracting with the lowest responsible subcontractor.
Design – Bid – Build
Definition – The Owner enters into a contractual agreement with a professionally licensed Architectural/Engineering Firm providing design services for the Owner. Following the selection of a General or Multiple Prime Contractor, the Owner enters into contractual agreement with the Contractor to provide construction services based on the documents prepared by the Architectural/Engineering Firm.
Advantages – The traditional Design-Bid-Build Delivery Scheme provides the Owner with competitive construction costs through the Owner's selection of the lowest responsible General or Multiple Prime Contractor.