From Start to Finish: Why You Should Consider the Design and Build Approach
11 Nov 2021
Technology and digitalisation are driving the transformation of the built environment sector. As the construction industry responds to the challenges posed by the pandemic, digital tools can make processes faster, safer and more cost-efficient.
From a human workflow perspective, there is also greater urgency to streamline operational processes and ensure all stakeholders such as the client, consultants and contractors share a common understanding of a project’s requirements and are on the same page from the get-go.
Against this backdrop, we are seeing more companies favouring the design and build approach when they are planning for a new office. Before we delve into its benefits, let us explain what it means.
What is Design and Build?
Design and build is a procurement route whereby the main contractor is appointed to design and construct the workplace. On the other hand, in a traditional contract, consultants are first hired to design the space, followed by the separate appointment of a contractor to construct the works.
While the traditional route is more linear, with each person responsible for their own task without overlaps, design-build construction allows for a fully integrated team to work together on the project right from the beginning.
Here are four key reasons why companies are favouring this approach:
1. It improves teamwork and communication
With one firm managing and overseeing the design and construction processes, key project stakeholders can discuss and collaborate more effectively from the onset. This smoothens the process for coordinated tasks involving multiple parties and allows everyone to gain a clear understanding of project timelines and requirements.
2. There is shared accountability
When a firm has in-house design and construction capabilities, practical implementations can be kept in mind during the design phase, and design elements are also considered during the construction stage. All aspects of the project including budgetary issues and timelines can be taken into account early on in the process.
3. Decision-making is sped up
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way people live, work and With designers, engineers, project and construction managers on the same team, there is greater ease and efficiency when it comes to decision-making and managing timelines. It also increases opportunities to consider the best approach and contemplate significant decisions that could impact the project.
4. You reduce the risk of making costly mistakes
As a client, you stand to benefit from cost savings in project management when you adopt the design and build approach, since it eradicates the need to coordinate with multiple parties from different companies. From conducting site analysis and feasibility studies, to implementation of design and workplace strategies, right down to construction and assurance of onsite health and safety, the entire workflow is streamlined. With improved coordination, the risk of making costly mistakes is naturally mitigated.
Over the years, we have had the pleasure of working on various design and build projects, for clients such as the engineering company Subsea 7, South Korean conglomerate SK Group and a healthcare and pharmaceutical company like Roquette.
As a versatile workplace design and build firm in Singapore, ID21 offers integrated design-build, design consultancy and build-only services depending on you and your project requirements. With a suite of solutions for different needs, contact us today for your next commercial office renovation or commercial interior project!