Why Architect-Led Design/Build?
The word Architect is derived from the Greek word “Architekton” or “Master Builder.” Architect-led Design/Build is a return to the era of the “Master Builder.” Architect-led Design/Build integrates the creativity of the architectural process into the construction phase without overlapping or conflicting services. Here are five key advantages to using architect led design/build method of construction over other project delivery methods.
Single source of accountability
The design/build approach provides a single source for your entire project. The design/build method fosters teamwork and lends itself to cooperation. The relationship built during the design phase helps to ensure that the stage is set for a successful construction project.
Discussing budget during the design phase (not waiting until the bids come in) helps to keep the project within a defined budget. Understanding and communicating the cost implications of design decisions ensures that the owner plays a key role in arriving at the final project price. Once the scope of work has been finalized, the project costs are clearly defined and controlled by the design/build firm.
Specific design and construction details are being developed throughout the entire process and the focus stays on owner “value.” The communication benefits of working with a design professional and a construction expert at the same time ensures that potential problems are discovered before the project starts.
Faster project completion
Design/build projects can be completed in a shorter amount of time because: Bid time is reduced, scheduling for the project can begin before design is finalized, potential construction problems are uncovered early and enhanced communication keeps everything moving.
The design/build method helps to remove ambiguity that may arise in material and construction specifications. Since the designer, engineer and builder are from the same firm, the focus remains on protecting the clients interest.
By combining design and construction experience onto one team, the home owner realizes the benefits of “one-stop shopping” at its best.
Phase 1 - Design & Pricing
Initial Meeting(s) to discuss and evaluate Owner’s criteria
Using information obtained in the previous step, Imprint will put together a schematic design that not only solves the Owner’s problems but excites the imagination.
After meeting with the Owner and going over the Schematic Design, Imprint will incorporate Owner’s input and continue the develop the drawings to include enough information to establish a budget for the work. Deliverables may include site plans, floor plans, building sections, preliminary structural layouts, selection of building systems, and other information required to establish the project scope. For further information on the residential design process click HERE to go to our residential design services page.