What are the advantages of design-build for an owner?

Design-build offers many advantages to the right owner. Design-build gives the owner the ability to contract with a single entity which bears the full responsibility for the design, quality, construction and commissioning of a project. Moreover, the use of design build encompasses innovation resulting from the integration of the engineer and construction functions. It is also likely that significant time savings and the potential for innovation will result in overall cost savings to an owner in the delivery of a new project.

As stated above, having engineers and construction professionals on the same team provides the owner with a single point of accountability, allows for construction-related input in every stage of the design, likely reduces time and construction costs, and enables the use of construction best practices. The latter scenario also fosters collaboration and trust in the working environment, with all parties sharing common objectives and working as a team to identify the best-value solutions for the owner.

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