Hughes Design and Construction, Inc. Specializes in the design/build approach providing full service Architecture AND Construction capabilities in house. Hughes Design and Construction, Inc. leverages the powerful advantages of the Design Build Process by combining the Architect and Builder on the same team. Coordination, efficiency, and knowledge transference is increased exponentially over the traditional process. The design/build approach allows clients to utilize and benefit from Ralph’s ideas throughout the construction process while maintaining accuracy, consistency and a seamless design- build process.
The design-build delivery method is a shift from the more traditional design-bid-build delivery of construction contracts. Successful design-build projects offer an owner many benefits that add value to a project. These advantages include:
Single Point of Responsibility
A design-build contract combines design and construction quality, cost, and schedule into a single point of responsibility. Design-build contracts foster partnering between team members, which in turn adds value to a project. This single point of responsibility also helps the design-build team avoid potential adversarial relationships that could arise under traditional, design-bid-build contracts.
Improved Project Quality
Using the design-build delivery, the architect and contractor coordinate as a team, leaving an owner free to focus on the project’s scope and general decision making. This leads to a higher quality project that better suits the owner’s needs in the following ways:
- The design-build team works together to produce a complete set of construction documents. By contrast, with a design-bid-build delivery, the owner is responsible for providing complete documents to the contractor.
- Constructability can be reviewed throughout the design process by all members of the design-build team. This leads to effective value engineering ideas created by the architect, contractor and engineer working together to maximize design and functionality while maintaining budgetary and schedule concerns.
Value engineering and constructability review are enhanced and utilized continuously throughout the project duration. The early involvement of the design-build team is essential in maximizing the full potential of the design-build delivery system. Decisions that can be made during the programming, concept and design phases will impact the schedule and costs of the project more than any other phase of construction.
With a design-build project, design and construction for a project can easily overlap, allowing for fast track construction. The owner benefits from this shortened timeframe because construction costs can be reduced and the new building will be available for use sooner.