In short, design-build is a project delivery approach that unites every contractor and partner around one shared goal: the success of the project as a whole. Because the construction and design partners are united under a contract, their success is dependent on the outcome of the project as a whole instead of solely their individual portion.
Design-Build offers a collaborative and efficient method of completing a construction project that leverages the strengths of single-source planning, design, and construction expertise. Design-Build allows Horst Construction to bring greater levels of accountability, value, and control to your project.
Our primary function is to act as our client’s advocate, and we use our significant knowledge to select, negotiate, and hold the entire project team accountable – from designers and engineers to vendors and subcontractors. Combined with our deep knowledge of construction, the Design-Build method enables us to exert greater control on a project’s timeline and costs, while providing one trusted point of contact for questions during – or after – construction.
As the Design-Builder, we are completely transparent or “open book” about the process, costs, and profits. Together, we agree upon a set fee based upon percentage of construction value, hourly billing rates, and percentage of shared savings. This eliminates the surprises that catch so many owners off guard and provides an honest and communicative framework for the project.
Design-Build construction costs trend lower than other delivery methods. The Design-Build design and construction schedule can be 23% faster than Construction Management at Risk and 33% faster than General Contracting.
With this model, Horst Construction assumes responsibility for risk which is otherwise placed on the project owner, including risks against scope of work, schedule, cost, and quality. We manage the risk while maintaining our high ethical standards of treating all stakeholders fairly.