Design/Build (DB) is a construction project delivery system where in contrast to "Design/Bid/Build" the design and construction aspects are contracted for with a single entity know as the Design/Builder. This system is used to minimize the project risk for an owner and to reduce the delivery schedule by overlapping the design phase and construction phase of the project. The Design/Builder retains the services of the Architect and Engineers. The Design/Build methodology is the evolution of the "Master Builder" delivery system.
The major benefit to Design/Build is the single source responsibility for design, planning, estimating, permits, coordination, schedule and quality.
The Design/Build method does reduce the overall timeline from design to occupancy which in fact reduces the owner’s costs and the cost of borrowing for the project.
The Design/Builder constructs to a specific scope of work, developed with the owner, in a specific period of time usually with a stipulated sum/guaranteed not to exceed contract.
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