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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.

  • Budget management

    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.

  • Enhanced communication

    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.

  • Quality Control

    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.

Design/Build Process

Phase 1 - Design & Pricing

Initial Meeting(s) to discuss and evaluate Owner’s criteria

Discuss Owner’s program, goals, budget, site, etc. Analyze possible methods of construction and propose possible cost saving alternatives. Establish an initial schedule for design, pricing, and construction. Pricing discussion to include estimates for construction, professional fees, and Owner provided items.

Preliminary Design

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.


Upon completion of the Preliminary Design Drawings, Imprint will send the documents out for pricing and schedule verification. Once final pricing has been established and agreed upon Imprint will complete an Amendment to the original Design/Builder Agreement to complete the Construction Phase of the project.

Design/Build Process

Phase II - Final Design & Construction

Complete construction documents and obtain building permits

Once the Owner has decided to move forward, and an Amendment to the Design/Builder Agreement has been executed, Imprint will complete the construction documents required to obtain a building permit and construct the project. During this phase subcontracts will be secured, long lead time items ordered, and the building permit process will be completed.

Construction of the project

During construction of the project, Imprint will hold periodic project meetings with the Owner and contractors to discuss the project schedule, go over the current budget, review change orders and change directives, and assign tasks to ensure the project is keeping on schedule. Imprint will also be available to answer Owner’s requests for information and work with Owner’s other consultants to complete the work in a timely fashion.

Project Completion and Closeout

At the end of the construction phase, Imprint will perform a final site inspection with the Owner to complete a “punchlist” of final items needing addressed prior to completion. Imprint will track the completion of these items, assemble a final application for payment and submit this to the Owner along with final lien waivers and a closeout binder containing important operating and warranty information. Imprint will schedule a final cleaning and walk the Owner through the project for system start-up and maintenance demonstrations.

Post Occupancy and beyond

Our relationship with our clients does not end at the completion of construction. Imprint is always available to answer questions and address issues as they arise. Warranty walkthroughs will be completed at both the six month and one year anniversary. Imprint Design/Build is built on relationships. Many of Imprints clients have returned for future projects both residential and commercial.