Do you shop at four different grocery stores for produce, meat, dairy, and pharmaceuticals? Why not? Because it takes more time and when the cost of gas is factored in, more money too, right? In this same way, choosing a design-build contractor over a design-bid-build contractor saves time and money, especially in the case of design changes.
Benefits of a Design-Build Contracts for Design Changes
Many general contractors in Las Vegas still favor the archaic design-bid-build contract. During this process, the project owner hires an outside architect company to draw up documents. Those plans are then bid to general contractors to get the best price and schedule. If there are no design changes necessary, which is uncommon in large-scale commercial projects, then this method is okay as long as:
- You are able to closely monitor the construction process
- You have a clear understanding of overall costs and schedule operations
- You are comfortable dealing with change orders during various construction phases
If design changes are necessary during a design-bid-build project, then construction will be at a complete standstill until the original designer can be contacted. Many project owners have difficulty getting back in touch with design firms after a project has hit a design roadblock. This also causes change orders that cause cost to go up.
A design-build construction project streamlines the entire thing. A general contracting company that prefers this method works together with an architect to make sure there won’t be any issues during construction. General contractors then use teamwork to make the client and design team’s original vision a reality. Studies show design-build companies function better than design-bid-build companies at:
- Cost control
- Schedule performance
- Efficient change orders
So what does this mean in terms of design change? It means design changes are put into place faster, cheaper, and with a higher quality outcome.
Call a Contractor in Las Vegas Who Does It All
Nigro Construction is a general contracting company in Las Vegas that works with both methods. We prefer design-build to save client’s’ time, money, and headache without sacrificing quality.