As a design-build contractor, Flatiron is your single source of responsibility for quality, budget and schedule. More than half of Flatiron's work is delivered under design-build contracts, making the company one of the largest design-build firms in the nation. In fact, owners who are new to design-build often choose Flatiron for their first design-build projects.
In Maine, North Carolina and Louisiana, Flatiron acted as a trusted advisor to successfully deliver the first-ever design-build projects there. In California, Flatiron is the lead design-build contractor for the state's first-ever PPP infrastructure project, the Presidio Parkway, a more than $250 million design-build project to replace the aging approach to the Golden Gate Bridge.
Design-build is rapidly becoming the most popular delivery method for heavy civil projects in the U.S., and for good reason. Compared to traditional construction methods design-build is faster, cheaper, simpler to administrate, and, in a word, better.
Design-Build: A Better Option
With design-build, one entity is responsible for the design, engineering and construction. Owners interact with one project director for all design and construction issues - including cost, scheduling, quality control and delivery date. Design-build teams are more efficient and responsive to owner's concerns because designers, engineers and construction personnel are all working under the same contract. These integrated teams respond seamlessly to issues as they occur, working together to find the best solutions to day-to-day challenges.
Completed about 30% faster* than other construction methods, design-build enables projects to develop organically, allowing design, engineering, and construction phases to overlap and influence each other. Construction begins before design is finalized, allowing projects to begin (and end) earlier than possible with traditional procurement methods. Also, designs can be modified 'on-the-fly,' as the design-build team encounters specific site conditions.
Owners don't need to negotiate multiple contracts for the same project, nor must they allocate time to manage these contracts. In addition, a single contract means that issues of cost, schedule, quality, responsibility and risk management are clearly spelled out in one document. Finally, design-build contracts allow owners to transfer design and construction coordination risks to the private sector.
Design-build reduces costs an average of about 6%*, with the fewest average change-orders of any contract method. Because designers and builders collaborate throughout all stages of construction, they are constantly working to choose the best, most cost-effective building materials and construction methods. Further, design-build allows owners to review additional expenses as a project progresses, keeping jobs on-budget and eliminating fiscal surprises at project completion.
Considering every major element of a project as construction proceeds allows the design-build team to make sounder environmental decisions. For example, design-build footprints are typically smaller than other construction methods, allowing for less disturbance to native habitats. In addition, design-build teams are encouraged to think 'out-of-the-box' to come up with ideas for mitigating, recycling and reusing construction waste.
Studies have shown that design-build projects exceed quality expectations at every level.* Design-build encourages problem solving and team work among owners, designers, and contractors. Because project design, engineering and construction develop simultaneously and organically, design-builders are encouraged to create innovative solutions that enable extraordinary on-time, on-budget results.