Design-build is often compared to the concept of the master builder which existed in ancient times and into the Renaissance. Many of the great wonders of the world were created using this methodology. The master builder was not a contractor, an architect or an engineer. The master builder was the embodiment of all three disciplines. The master builder concept depicts the earliest model for delivering design and construction as an integrated service.
Over the years, the design and construction industry degenerated from a culture of cooperation, teamwork, trust and mutual respect to one of fragmentation and inefficiency. There are many historical reasons this happened, but in the past few decades, many organizations are making efforts to restore the design and construction industry to its collaborative roots. Design-build has thrived because owners see the need for change in the way projects are delivered.
Design-build is intended to be a highly collaborative, fully-integrated process that is built on trust, mutual respect, teamwork, innovation, and creative problem solving. Design-build unleashes the power of team to deliver projects faster, better and for optimum cost – best value for the money, time and effort invested. Owners find that when design-build is done right, their level of engagement with the entire team is more meaningful than is experienced with other delivery methods.
Across the country and around the world, design-build successfully delivers both horizontal and vertical construction projects with superior results, no matter the project type.