Important considerations in selecting design-build as the construction
method of today and the future.
- The design/build
methodology provides a client ready building in a very short time-frame
(fast-track). Large sums of money can be saved by making the building
available for occupancy several months earlier than would occur if complete
sets of documents had to be prepared prior to bidding. Actual work can
be underway even before the final figures are agreed to as long as the
GMP is established.
Assumptions must be made without design/build. It is often assumed that
all of the bidders are equally competent and equally scrupulous. Therefore,
price may be the only way to distinguish amongst sub-contractors.
Subcontractors who are experienced in getting work through the negotiated
design/build bid method "subsidize" the major portion of the
client's engineering costs.
If design/build is not chosen, the specifications and drawings must
be so tight that there is little room for differences of opinion in
interpretation, possibly causing the need for extensive change orders.
The design/build process eliminates the "belts & suspenders"
approach inherently used by design engineers to cover themselves for
"E & O" exposure.
design/build construction method provides for:
responsibility for the design, construction, and satisfactory completion
of the project.
tailored to the owner's problems and concepts that meet the owner's
testing of concepts before design changes become very expensive.
maximum price early in the process assuring that the owner will get
the building he wants, as defined, at the agreed set cost.
association and coordination with all of the parties involved and a
quicker response to design and/or construction problems.
- We comply
with Pennsylvania State Law ACT 367. This law
also takes place in most adjacent states in simular forms.
increasing popularity of the design build concept is by no means new to
the Robert Ford Electric Company, as we were one of the first electrical
contractors in the Philadelphia region to provide the service. Our engineering
associate, Coulter Engineers, has national certification and registration
which enables us to provide design/build engineering services in all 50
states. Although many firms claim to be design build contractors, Robert
Ford Electric is unique. We provide our own engineered sealed drawings,
backed by substantial professional liability insurance and a long history
of in-house engineering capabilities.