Design-build is typically a commercial construction delivery method, in which the design and construction of your HVAC system is provided by a single entity. Design-build provides one point of contact and minimizes owners risk and reduces project delivery time by overlapping design and construction phases.
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By project delivery, we mean a comprehensive process including planning, design, and construction to execute and complete a building or other type of project.
Within the construction industry, there are multiple project delivery systems (design-bid-build, multiple-prime contractors, construction management at risk, and design-build_ owners choose from to complete their project – design-build is one of those options.
It is not uncommon under traditional forms of project delivery that the information provided is not sufficient to bid and build the project. When this happens, disputes, claims and change orders are often the result, with the owner caught in the middle of the finger-pointing between the designer and the contractor.
In our duct fabrication shop, we begin our quality control with our suppliers, you cannot have a quality product without having the right raw materials. In our case, we buy American steel that is properly coated.
History of Design-Build
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.
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Advantages of Design-Build
Numerous studies have shown projects can finish 12%-33% faster than projects where the contractor and designer are under separate contracts.
Brings all members of the contract team together to address issues of cost, schedule, and constructibility.
Instead of waiting until the project is underway, issues are addressed at the onset of the project. This provides best-value solutions for various HVAC elements before the design is complete. Som studies show a savings of up to 6%.
Schooling teaches the technical side of HVAC, which we have, but furthermore we have the industry experience to know the practicality. Hands-on experience can’t be faked or taught in the classroom, but only under the tutelage of time in the industry.
Reduces owners risk for design errors, mounding change orders and additional headache. Design-build keeps the owners and general contractors from being placed directly between the architect, engineer, and the contractor. Furthermore, this relieves the owner of major legal and managerial responsibilities.
Response time is drastically minimized as the design and installation contract are under the same roof. Changes and modifications can easily be made.
Frequently Asked Questions
How often should commercial HVAC filters be changed?
Industry standard for a relatively clean environment is once a quarter. More harsh environments will require more frequent filter changes. Businesses that produce heavy amounts of dust should be changed monthly.
When to replace your commercial HVAC system?
It may be time to replace your HVAC unit if the maintenance cost outpaces the cost of a new unit. That is an easy call to make. If the HVAC unit and controls are in great working condition and well maintained, but large temperature swings or poor indoor quality are still observed, then it could be time to replace the unit.
How to bid commercial HVAC jobs?
That is an age-old question, and one that requires a small army of people to get correct. We have an estimating department, multiple salesmen, industry experience, the most modern estimating software, and it still isn”t easy. Consider duct, hanging material, equipment, controls, insulation, glue, labor rates, drive time, louvers, dampers, flashing, equipment rental, management time, etc.
How does commercial HVAC work?
A HVAC conditioning system includes more than just the air conditioning unit itself. A complete system also includes the air distribution system (ductwork, dampers, grilles and registers), hydronic/refrigerant piping and the temperature and schedule control system. Usually air conditioning is provided by either a DX system or chilled water.
What are the components of a commercial HVAC system?
Typical air conditioning systems consist of: air handling unit, intake louver, filters, heating coils, cooling coils, supply fans, ductwork, grilles, registers, diffusers, ventilation fans, dampers, flex connection, outside air fan, hoods, refrigeration piping, condensers, curbs, controls, thermostats, balancing, and more.
How much does a commercial HVAC tech make?
Typically an experienced commercial HBAC tech will make $60k+ a year, depending on knowledge, experience, and industry focus.
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