The Design Build approach is once again becoming the preferred method of project delivery because it creates a partnership between the owner or client, the architect or Building Designer and the contractor or builder where each is obligated to the other, so that all are committed to a satisfactory outcome.
The Design Build process also involves selecting someone to design and prepare plans, however, a true Design Build firm does this in house or in collaboration with an outside architect or Building Designer. This team approach involves all the parties from the get go, resulting in a quicker turnaround from concept to completion, or more importantly a single source of responsibility.
As a member of the team being involved during the design phase the builder can assist the designer and the owner in controlling cost by providing alternative material selections or design cost options. This team approach also allows for more accurate pricing at an earlier point in time before the final plans and details are completed thus reducing costly plan revisions and cost overruns.