Design-Build Approach Grows

Why the Design-Build Approach is becoming the go-to method for major construction projects

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Hotel & Hospitality Renovation Insights
Cassandra Soto
Brand & Marketing Strategist

December 3, 2019

Until a couple of decades ago, the design-build approach seemed a major disruption for the construction industry. The concept of hiring the same contractor for designing and building appeared a novel idea at the time but is now commonplace. In fact, design-build is the method of choice for non-residential construction in as many as 47 states. According to experts in the business, the last three states bucking the trend will fold in the near future, making this approach the foremost choice.

The Benefits of the Design-Build Approach

So, why is this approach gaining popularity and becoming the go-to method for major projects? Here is a look at some benefits of the design-build approach:

  • Data from existing projects completed using this approach show that this method helps with reducing costs by streamlining the different parts of the project. As a result, contractors can complete the work quicker than if they followed a conventional strategy.
  • Drawing up a contract is easier as well, as the clients do not have to put up with jargon. Not to mention, there is little to no need for remedial efforts, which ensures that clients get the results they want earlier than the proposed outline.
  • Perhaps the most significant reason why this method is coming to the forefront is the emergence of design-build as the perfect choice for massive projects. Private-public partnerships set up to develop infrastructure follow this technique to keep communication straightforward, as the responsibility centers on a single entity. A great example of this approach proving viable is using the master builder technique to complete mid-budget transportation projects.

Keeping all these pointers in mind, it is no wonder that the spending on design-build projects will increase by close to 20% in the next couple of years, going up to $324 billion.

Close to 50% of Construction Projects in the U.S. Rely on the Design-Bid-Build (DBB) Approach

The process involving the design-bid-build (DBB) approach keeps things simple for clients. The contractor comes up with a design and submits a bid for the project. After receiving approval, they move on to the building part, constructing the project as per the design. The interesting aspect of the DBB approach is its application across different verticals. Manufacturing will have the greatest market share for DBB projects, with 16%, followed by education at 15%.

Over the past few years, the narrative around the design-build approach changed significantly. For several years, clients and contractors considered this approach the alternative to conventional construction methods. However, today, this approach is mainstream and close to 50% of all projects in the U.S. follow it. The major roadblock to complete adoption of the approach is the reliance on collaboration. Traditionally, collaboration is not an integral or even regular part of the construction business.

The bottom-line is that opting for the DBB method bolsters innovation and creativity, allowing clients to look beyond price as the main factor when making a decision. As a result, contractors and clients benefit from better quality and reliability, enjoying greater value for money and effort.

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Cassandra Soto
Brand & Marketing Strategist

About Triple Crown Construction:

Founded in 1991, Triple Crown Construction built a reputation for itself as a reliable partner in the hospitality and commercial construction industry by understanding and delivering on its partners’ expectations. Based in Frederick, Maryland, Triple Crown Construction strives to approach each and every project with the goal to deliver quality, service, and value, and is committed to raising the standard of excellence in all areas of its work. The company operates with a family mentality, a commitment to the greater community, and a desire to work with those who aim to improve their customers’ experience.

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