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 reality to the planet. As builders, we humble architecture through the realities of site and building culture.
Design-Build is a construction delivery method that provides owners with a single-point contact through the design and construction process. Traditionally, the two entities (architects + contractors) have separate contracts with the owner bringing along their own sub-contractors/consultants. Owners then become the middleman for communication and judge during disputes.
Combining both the role of architect and builder within our design and work, we remove the legal, cultural, technical, and adversarial divide that the two have gradually developed. Understanding a building through both minds allows for little to no barrier of communication and a unified flow of work. Design-Builders deliver the best value by evaluating budget solutions early in the design process and by creating continuous price estimates as the design progresses. bBuilding smart with Design-Build pays dividends, reducing both real (accounting) costs and opportunity costs