The design-build industry in America needs a re-branding. We at DDB believe firmly that we are a construction start-up led by architect-inventors. As architects, we bring a unique understanding to the design-build process that empowers workers, re-thinks construction techniques, reduces liabilities and creates a higher quality physical world to the planet. As builders, we seek to humble architecture through the realities of site and building culture.
Design-Build is a construction delivery method that provides owners with a single-point of contact through the design and construction process. Traditionally, in ‘design-bid-build’, the two entities (architects + contractors) have separate contracts with the owner bringing along their own sub-contractors/consultants. In this circumstance, owners can become the middleman for communication leading to possible disputes.
Combining the role of architect and builder within our design and construction work, we remove the legal, cultural, technical, and adversarial divide that the two fields have developed in typical practice. Understanding ‘building’ through both minds allows for little to no barrier of communication and a unified flow of work. Design-Build delivers the best value by evaluating budget solutions early in the design process and by creating continuous price estimates as the design progresses.