Perhaps the most appealing and easy to recognize advantages that the Design and Build Team model offers is the convenience and comfort of one-stop shopping. The owner looks to the team to take full responsibility for design, construction, and satisfactory project completion, to deliver the project on time and on budget. As a natural consequence, there is less finger pointing because, as ideas are generated, all team members make decisions with a cooperative approach.
This means greater efficiency, cooperation instead of conflict, and a better project for the time and money invested. When this team approach works well, it fosters an enjoyable and mutually beneficial way of doing business for the client and the team of professionals. As the design phase of the project moves forward, all parties get to know each other while working out and establishing the terms of the relationship. This establishes trust, as well as a mutual respect for the realities of living through a project long before the dust takes over rather than while the dust is created. These advantages are often removed or compromised if those involved work separately from each other during the design stage.
Quality of the design and construction of the project can happen by default if the design and build team is working together to meet performance requirements. The contractor, designer, consultant, and owner are able to focus on the project, with an emphasis on quality, rather than protecting their own individual interests.
The lines of communications are simplified and chances for misunderstandings are reduced. The construction expertise of the contractor and the design expertise of the design professional are melded to produce a greater value for the owner than what might be realized if both were working independently. Additionally, quality is maintained through real solutions and the discovery of most problems before starting.
Member of NAHB.
The National Association of Home Builders Builder 20 Club places groups of 20 similar builders from around the country together. Bob Little has been involved in the Builder 20 Program for since 2010. The Builder 20 Club offers the opportunity to stay up to date on best practices, products, and equipment. The Builder 20 Club meets twice per year, bringing some of the finest builders from around the world. As a group, they critique, analyze, and help each other make tough business decisions. The group collectively examines construction trends and practices, and discusses issues unique to our business. Meeting with 20 builders from other areas of the country has helped G. Little Construction gain a new perspective, improve skills and knowledge.