What is Design/Build?

Design/Build is a method of project delivery in which one entity – the design/build team – works under a single contract with the project owner to provide design and construction services. One entity, one contract, one unified flow of work from initial concept through completion – thereby re-integrating the roles of designer and constructor. Design/build is also known as design/construct and single-source delivery. Across the country and around the world, design/build successfully delivers both horizontal and vertical construction projects with superior results – no matter what the project type!

Design/build is an alternative to design-bid-build. Under the latter approach, design and construction services are split by separate entities, separate contracts, separate work.

Design/build, design-bid-build and construction management are the three project delivery systems most commonly employed in North America today. Over the past 15 years, use of design/build has greatly accelerated in the United States, making this delivery method one of the most significant trends in design and construction today.

One Contract, One Integrated Team:

Design/build streamlines project delivery through a single contract between the owner and the design-build team. This simple but fundamental difference saves money and time by transforming the relationship between designers and builders in to an alliance which fosters collaboration and teamwork. United from the outset of every project, an integrated team readily incorporates BIM and LEED certification goals.

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What Lies Beneath

Where should we go? How much land do we need? What type of land should we be looking for? How much will it cost? These are all questions asked by owners when considering the search for a new facility location.

While the new Facility is naturally the primary piece of the planning that an owner is focused on; it is also imperative that the site is given equal attention. A hasty pursuit in acquiring a piece of property that appears and seems to be the best fit for your long term business planning can subsequently lead to long term complications.

For example, you may find a piece of property that appears to be as flat as a piece of paper and conceivably the "best fit" for your business model. What lies beneath that "paper" could end up being what looks like a mogul hill on the side of a ski mountain. Silt and sandy soil, significant rock, former lakes, high water table, field tile, garbage and so on. These are all real items that have been found when preparing a site for new construction that have contributed to construction issues including present and long term associated costs. What lies beneath can lead to quality construction or long term complications with the potential to never go away.

Conditions above the surface can also affect the viability of construction. Are there electrical lines, pipe lines or other utilities that are running through the site? How close are municipal utilities (water, sanitary and storm) to your site, if not already on site? What will it take to engineer them and bring them to your site? If not accessible, what other design criteria will be affected by not having the proper utilities? i.e. required storage tanks and bladder systems for fire suppression (sprinkler) systems if a well must be installed, septic mounds / fields if sanitary does not exist or retention/detention ponds based on the site including its implications if municipal storm water does not exist, just to name a few.

From a general usage perspective, will you have sufficient acreage to support the master plan for your business? Does the acreage support the local ordinance for required parking? If the site is too small, but meets all other criteria is it appropriate to consider underground storm water storage infrastructure? Is this cost prohibitive? Does the acreage allow efficient entrance / exiting to and from your property? If necessary, is their enough acreage and sufficient turning radius for truck maneuverability? Are you dealing with state or local roads? Will you have contiguous neighbors? What is the shape of the site? Is it conducive to your long term master plan? Will this site work geographically in serving your client base? Are there existing floodplains or wetlands?

As you, the owner or your leadership team compiles the research for your facility and location planning, answers to these questions must be confirmed. Once you have purchased a site, while you may be able to eventually resell it after finding out it did indeed carry some or perhaps significant baggage, you likely will have exhausted much time and resources for property that may not generate a return consistent with the original investment. So, in addition to obtaining clarification on the questions above, thorough research on the history of the site, previous usages and soils investigations are all important pieces to ensure your business is purchasing or planning to construct on a quality site.

Our Process

As we stated in our April 2015 newsletter, understanding the differences in construction delivery methods will benefit you in the planning of your project.

In Faith Building, we give practical tools for a successful project that promotes unity, quality and keeping your ministry focused. Here is an excerpt from Faith Building:

IN THE BEGINNING, the most frequently asked question by building and leadership teams tasked with building a project is: How do we start the process?

Construction delivery is a subject that most people struggle to understand. This stands to reason as most people are not involved in designing or constructing buildings. This is a logical place to begin our discussion as you contemplate the multiple tasks involved in building a new facility or expanding an existing one.

Certainly there are steps that must be taken before the delivery process starts, such as planning and design, but a full understanding of the construction delivery methods is vital when making the decision of which method to use.

We would love to talk with you about specific construction delivery methods. You can read in much more detail by purchasing Faith Building. To order your copy click here or give us a call at 855-672-4010.

Building of the Year Award

Peninsula Building Systems (PBS) of Sturgeon Bay was awarded Building of the Year in the Commercial Building under 5,000 sq. ft. Category.

At the Wick Buildings National Sales Meeting held at Chula Visa Resort and Conference Center, PBS received the distinguished award for the design and construction of the U.S. Coast Guard Mobile Bay Accessory Building located on the water between Sawyer Park and the Maple Street Bridge in Sturgeon Bay.

Wick Buildings has in previous years honored PBS for the design and construction of several other buildings in Door and Kewaunee Counties including Country View Farms Maple Syrup production facility, Wood Orchard Market and Door Landscape all in the Town of Egg Harbor and the Agricultural Heritage and Cultural Center in Kewaunee.

Cloud View

Cloud View

We have a few sayings in our business when referring to the review of design plans. We commonly refer to a certain perspective when looking at the plans as a plan view or "cloud" view. This is a broad view spanning the entirety of the overall building as if your viewpoint is looking down on the building from the clouds. I encountered a unique perspective the other day as I was truly above the clouds flying north to our neighboring country. While a brief portion of this trip was spent flying over the blue waters of Lake Michigan and shortly thereafter along the brim of Lake Ontario; the majority of our trip was spent seemingly coasting above the expansive and full-bodied white clouds of the sky.

This was a great visual for thought in describing how each of us as individuals can often approach planning. We will often find ourselves lost in the clouds with our thoughts and not "grounded" with focus. These thoughts can quickly envelop us in our monumental charge to accomplish our various goals. This leads to our allowing the desire for the immediate solution to overcome the necessity of a well-planned project. When we remain above the clouds we observe a sight for what seems to go on forever with what appears to be little tangible detail. Until we descend below the cover of the clouds with an open view of the ground below can we truly see the many details that exist.

Similarly, unless we allow ourselves to take the time to descend a bit from our own desire for immediate resolve and often impractical expectations are we able to see all the detail that is necessary in the thorough preparation and planning for a well thought out project solution.