We’re always looking for new and innovative ways to serve our clients and to provide our services in the best way possible. One of the project delivery methods we use to satisfy the needs of our clients is the use of the “Design-Build” approach.

Over the last decade, the public procurement profession has seen greater use of alternative delivery methods of construction projects, including design-build, construction manager at risk (GC/CM or CM/GC), public-private partnerships (P3), and job order contracting. The traditional method of soliciting and contracting, design-bid-build, is still the most widely used method of construction contracting. It has been the mainstay of government construction contracting for well over 60 years.

During the construction bidding process, the contractor is selected based on qualifications, capabilities, experience, and price, thus avoiding some of the pitfalls from contract awards solely based on low price. The design and construction are performed by a single team, under one contract. This reduces the owner’s risk from diffused responsibility for design and construction. Time can be saved because the ordering of materials and site work begins before the total design is complete.

This method of project delivery is one in which one entity – the design-build team. The design-build contractors work under a single contract with the project owner in order to provide effective and efficient design and construction services. This allows one entity to work on one contract in one unified flow of work from the initial concept all the way through to completion. This effectively then re-integrates the roles of designers and contractors.

A design-build contractor model is an effective alternative to the traditional design-bid-build project delivery method and one we use to help better achieve optimum efficiency throughout our contracts.

Having a diverse tool kit with a wide range of customizable options enables us to better serve our clients’ needs and to better deliver the customer-focused quality you’ve come to know and expect from RE Smith Construction. If you have a project you’d like a consultation on, or if you’re looking for a general contractor in the four-state area, contact our offices in Joplin, MO. We’d love to hear from you.