At Benchmark, we understand that choosing a team to build your new business space is a big decision. We want to make it easier for you by helping you know what to look for.

What is Design Build?

The design-build process is a building process that puts both the designer/architect and the project manager under the same contract, which means that they work together and communicate constantly to bring a project into fruition. This ensures a faster, more cost-efficient delivery of the project due to design and construction happening together both in the planning and building phases. Having a whole team around one table means that more ideas and solutions are brought to the table, reducing opportunity costs for the owner and offering them more options for their build. This process also leaves far less room for miscommunication, missed deadlines, and offers a smoother owner experience. We’ve done an entire post on the design-build process, so if you’d like more information, feel free to check it out here!

First Steps

Before choosing your team, it’s important to understand what exactly you’re looking for. Start by looking into incentive opportunities that can be considered in your budget. Some nonprofits are able to save on tax rebates, so it’s wise to do your research at the beginning. This research also includes a basic understanding of things like codes, regulations, and requirements in the area you’re hoping to build. Your general contractor will be able to guide you through the specifics later on. Most importantly, KNOW. YOUR. BUDGET. Know it and communicate it early on in order to prevent any unwanted surprises or over-budget expenses. Be sure to ask plenty of questions, not only in the early stages but throughout the project.

The Team

Choosing a company to work with should never be a game of “choose the cheapest option.” There are many factors that should go into deciding who to go with. Things such as their credentials, experience, expertise, and their team are all high priorities. A design-build team is made up of designers, builders, engineers, architects, and more, so it’s important that they have been proven to work well together. 

If you’d like more information on how Benchmark can help you with your design-build project, contact us today! We’d love to hear from you.