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What Is A Design Build?



The Plaza Restaurant and Bar, located in Lubbock, Texas, is the first location in the area for The Plaza, which also has locations in Amarillo, Pampa and Borger, Texas. Built in the fast-growing southwest part of Lubbock on Milwaukee and Marsha Sharp Freeway, The Plaza is a Design/Bid/Build project with approximately 8,300 sq. ft. With a budget of $2.5 million, The Plaza has been undergoing a 7-month construction time frame to achieve the look that it is well-known for.

What Is A Design-Build

People who want to have their business custom built want the best possible outcome for the most affordable price. There are two types of construction builds. A traditional build involves hiring a designer in addition to the general contractor who actually constructs the building. On the other hand, a design build is where only one company is hired.

This type of project consists of one company that handles the entire job, from start to finish. With that said, you do not have to hire a design company and then find someone to complete the construction aspect of the project. Instead, companies that offer design builds take on the project in it's entirety. The communication process consists of one person throughout all phases of the project. While there are many subcontractors who are involved in the process, the general contractor oversees every aspect of the process and works directly with you gathering information, requesting approval concerning various materials and reporting progress back to you.

What Is the Five Phase Process

There are five main phases to this type of project. They are:

  • Choosing the right company
  • Assessments and evaluations prior to the beginning of construction
  • Architectural design and support
  • Staging and construction
  • Post construction and clean up

Teams responsible for each phase communicate with one another at all times to make sure everything is running according to schedule and that there are no obstacles or delays in the foreseeable future.

Choosing A Contractor

It is important to do your research before you decide on one particular company. Find out if they are licensed and bonded and talk to people who have used them in the past. Check their references and look at reviews concerning their past work on sites like the Better Business Bureau. Building a business is a huge investment. To make sure it is done right, you need to make sure you use a company that is reliable, trustworthy and has an excellent reputation.

What Are the Benefits 

Using a design build contractor offers many benefits. Because there is no delay between the design and construction phase, the process goes much smoother and the finished product is delivered much quicker than if a traditional company is employed. With one person overseeing the entire project, problems are solved much faster and without the hassle of working with multiple companies.

When you work with only one contractor, the build is more cost efficient and you receive more for your money. Once the process is started, you work with the same person throughout the entire project which offers better communication and fewer misunderstandings. Being able to talk to the same person each time you receive a report keeps the project running smoothly and eliminates any miscommunications when concerns arise.

While a traditional build is effective and gets the job done, hiring a design build company allows you the convenience of having everything in one place. This type of contractor offers maximum efficiency, reliability and quality with one, convenient phone call.

Talon/LPE’s commercial general contracting sector specializes in these services and would love to work with you. Contact Talon/LPE today to inquire about our general contracting services and we’ll get started Building Relationships.

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Topics: General Contracting