Design-build is a method of construction where a design-build team works alongside the project owner, under a single contract, to provide design and construction services. A contractor, designer, developer, design-build firm or a joint venture can lead a design-build project, but there is only one contract for both designing and building. According to a recent report by FMI, design-build construction is predicted to grow 18 percent by 2021. The advantages of design-build for the owner is that there is only one contract to manage and one single point of responsibility because the architect and contractor are on the same team.
While design-build combines the workflow throughout the lifespan of a project and raises its value, there are some improvements and modifications to this model that are gaining popularity. Integrated project delivery (IPD) is a solid delivery model that takes design-build to the next level with more collaborative efforts to position your project for greater success. In recent years, IPD has risen in popularity as a means to better achieve a building project’s goals and outcomes. IPD has been defined by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) as a “project delivery approach that integrates people, systems, business structures and practices into a process that collaboratively harnesses the talents and insights of all participants to optimize project results, increase value to the owner, reduce waste, and maximize efficiency through all phases of design, fabrication, and construction.”
The Bautex Wall System is a building solution that is well suited to the design-build method, where the architect, contractor and owner benefit from simpler design, faster construction, cost savings and improved building performance.
Transparency and Communication Become Key
At its root, IPD aims to bring all stakeholders to the table before any design commences. This puts responsibility on all the stakeholders to be fully involved from the beginning of a project, working together rather than independently. With IPD, stakeholders are no longer engaged in potentially antagonistic positions but are, instead, part of a team of collaborators with a set of shared responsibilities and goals.
The success of the project depends on everyone’s ability to discuss questions and concerns as they arise. As a result, open lines of communication are often the norm in order to keep all processes moving forward to achieve the group goal.
IPD removes silos and creates a single working unit that can quickly make decisions, be more innovative and lessen risks to success. IPD ensures all stakeholders are involved in each step of the project. The Bautex team of technical and construction veterans consistently provide value to project teams in areas related to building structure and envelope. This makes everyone consider the impact of their decisions and how sharing information in a timely manner keeps operations running as planned for each area.
Cost Savings Becomes a Group Concern
IPD is a great cost saving delivery method. When all parties involved in a project can realize significant cost savings and profit, there’s a greater incentive to look out for each other throughout the project. Bautex collaborates with owners, architects, engineers and contractors during the early stages of project design in order to more effectively build better buildings. With this high level of transparency and communication in place from the start, it’s easier to work together to find these potential savings. There are numerous benefits to using the IPD methodology including reduced project costs, accelerated schedules, improved quality, shared risk and reward, and team building that can be carried on to future projects.
The ability to share in additional cost savings and profit is a significant benefit for all involved (especially the project owner). More profit potential means there is more motivation to ensure work is being done by the right group, they have the right equipment, manpower and materials, and everything possible is being done to avoid delays.
Who Is Missing From the Table?
Many projects are clearly benefitting from the use of IPD methodology, but too often, key collaborators are missing from the table. One of the most important and valuable collaborators that is often left out of the IPD process, or brought in far too late, are building materials manufacturers. While product manufacturers don’t have any real say in how a building will be designed and constructed, they can have the greatest level of expertise and knowledge in how the building should be designed and constructed.
This is especially true for manufacturers of newer and more innovative products and building systems, like Bautex Systems. New building materials are constantly being brought to market to solve problems or to advance the quality, safety, cost and performance of our built infrastructure. Successfully integrating new products into building design requires careful consideration and planning. For this reason, the IPD team should engage manufacturers very early in design in order to reduce unnecessary complications later in the process and to optimize the benefit of using these new products.
IPD is the first step in designing better buildings with better walls. When the entire project team and owner decide on the goals of the project before any design starts, the walls of the building can be evaluated and chosen based on the goals. This eliminates having to change the building in the middle of the design to try to meet an unforeseen need. It’s difficult, if not impossible, to go backwards once walls are chosen. Once a design has started and man-hours have been committed to a project, the ability to change the wall system becomes improbable.
Reaching out to manufacturers for consultative design recommendations is a great first step in getting started on a project design. Manufacturers have the testing data, past project history and design parameters at their fingertips to assist the designer early in a project. Take advantage of their consultative approach to determine the best wall system for the project.
Bautex collaborates with owners, architects, engineers and contractors during the early stages of project design in order to more effectively build better buildings. The use of Bautex Blocks is known to make design simpler, construction faster and buildings perform better – all qualities that benefit each stakeholder in the IPD process. Requesting a consultation from Bautex in the early stages of your next project is imperative, and a decision many architects consider, too late!
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