General

Save Time and Money with Bautex Blocks in Design-Build Construction

Design-build is a method of con­struc­tion in which under a sin­gle con­tract a design-build team works along­side the project own­er 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. Design-build deliv­ery is an alter­na­tive to tra­di­tion­al design-bid-build deliv­ery that splits the design and con­struc­tion ser­vices into sep­a­rate con­tracts. The advan­tages of design-build for the own­er are there is only one con­tract to man­age and one sin­gle point of respon­si­bil­i­ty because the design­er and con­trac­tor are on the same team. With design-bid-build, own­ers must man­age two sep­a­rate con­tracts. In these cas­es, the own­er often becomes the mid­dle­man between the design­er and con­trac­tor. The advan­tages of design-build to the con­trac­tor is it increas­es a con­trac­tor’s inde­pen­dence, pro­duc­tiv­i­ty and prof­its. Design-build is a sin­gle-con­tract deliv­ery method of con­struc­tion that can deliv­er suc­cess­ful, supe­ri­or results in less time and for less mon­ey that design-bid-build deliv­ery.

The design-build method of one con­tract between the own­er and the design-build team fos­ters col­lab­o­ra­tion and team­work between the design­ers and builders.The design-build method can also result in quick­er com­ple­tion of projects with few­er change orders than the design-bid-build method; which saves mon­ey. In fact, a study by the Com­put­er Inte­grat­ed Con­struc­tion Research Pro­gram of Penn State eval­u­at­ed the finan­cial ben­e­fits of the design-build method of con­struc­tion.

  • Design-build unit costs were 6 per­cent less than design-bid-build. Unit cost is the gross square footage divid­ed by the final project cost
  • Design-build con­struc­tion speed was 12 per­cent faster than design-bid-build. Con­struc­tion speed is the square footage of con­struc­tion work put in place per month
  • Design-build deliv­ery speed was 33 per­cent faster than design-bid-build. Deliv­ery speed is sim­i­lar to con­struc­tion speed but includes con­struc­tion and design times

The Five Phases of the Design-Build Process

Select a design-build firm or con­trac­tor. Typ­i­cal­ly, build­ing own­ers select a design-build con­trac­tor based on esti­mat­ed price and added val­ue in addi­tion to expe­ri­ence, exper­tise, and cre­den­tials.

The pre-con­struc­tion phase is when the design-build­ing team assess­es the own­er’s goals, vision, finances, and cur­rent and future build­ing needs. Dur­ing the pre-con­struc­tion phase, the team also begins archi­tec­tur­al, mechan­i­cal and elec­tri­cal sys­tem assess­ments and eval­u­a­tions of con­cep­tu­al floor plans, fire and smoke code com­pli­ance, inte­ri­or room fin­ish­es and struc­tur­al sys­tems. Also, at this time, sur­vey­ors per­form a field assess­ment of the job site to pre­pare it for con­struc­tion. All this infor­ma­tion is essen­tial to the team to iden­ti­fy the right facil­i­ty, design and con­struc­tion pro­gram that will achieve the goals with­in the agreed upon bud­get and sched­ule.

The archi­tec­tur­al design phase is when the con­struc­tion team and project man­agers part­ner with a design team to val­ue engi­neer cost sav­ings into the design. The pur­pose of val­ue engi­neer­ing is to improve the func­tion and reduce the cost of the build­ing. Val­ue engi­neer­ing eval­u­ates a building’s pro­ject­ed life­time use and deter­mines the best com­po­nents to use that will increase the val­ue of the struc­ture over its expect­ed lifes­pan. Max­i­miz­ing the project’s func­tion while min­i­miz­ing cost gen­er­ates the great­est val­ue for design-build clients.

With a design-build project, the con­struc­tion phase quick­ly fol­lows the archi­tec­tur­al design because there is no need to bid out a con­struc­tion con­tract.

After com­ple­tion of the project, the post-con­struc­tion phase includes walk-throughs, instruc­tion­al videos, hands-on train­ing and core doc­u­men­ta­tion for own­ers, man­agers, and man­age­ment teams.

Utilizing Bautex Wall System for Design-Build Solutions

The Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem is a design build exte­ri­or wall solu­tion that pro­duces val­ue engi­neer­ing cost sav­ings through improved func­tion and reduced costs. The Bau­tex™ Wall Sys­tem is built with insu­lat­ed con­crete blocks that sim­pli­fy con­struc­tion by com­bin­ing struc­ture, enclo­sure, con­tin­u­ous insu­la­tion, and air and mois­ture pro­tec­tion in a sin­gle inte­grat­ed assem­bly. A design­er, con­trac­tor, devel­op­er or design-build firm can man­age the design­ing and build­ing of Bau­tex Blocks walls under one con­tract. Then, a sub-con­trac­tor or self-per­form­ing gen­er­al con­trac­tor, once trained by Bau­tex, can eas­i­ly install the Bau­tex Blocks. Uti­liz­ing Bau­tex Blocks in a design-build process can save time and increase the val­ue and func­tion of a struc­ture.

Design-build involves a design-build team that work under one con­tract with a project own­er. One team, one con­tract, and one own­er uni­fy the flow of work through­out the lifes­pan of the project. The design-build method also saves time, mon­ey and ulti­mate­ly improves the val­ue of the project. In fact, design-build is becom­ing one of most sig­nif­i­cant trends in design and con­struc­tion today. Accord­ing to the Design-Build Insti­tute of Amer­i­ca, the use of design-build con­trac­tors or firms has sig­nif­i­cant­ly increased in the Unit­ed States over the past 15 years. Also, a recent report indi­cates that the gov­ern­ment offers about 50 per­cent of its con­tracts and the army and navy offer more than 75 per­cent of their con­tracts as design/​build work. For more infor­ma­tion on using con­crete insu­lat­ed blocks in the design-build method vis­it Bau­tex Wall Sys­tem.