Design-Build

Reduce Cost and Build Faster

Experience the effortless potential of our Design-Build services, where both design and construction phases are seamlessly integrated under a single contract. This approach not only simplifies management and enhances collaboration but also ensures cost efficiency by setting budgets early, minimizing risks of cost overruns. Our model fast-tracks project delivery by overlapping design and construction phases, offering you a smooth, efficient, and quality-assured journey from concept to completion. Embrace a method where innovation meets execution, providing you clarity and continuity every step of the way​.

Design-Build

In traditional project delivery, owners have to manage the relationships and contracts between architects, engineers, builders, and other third-party vendors. This can be a stressful and challenging task as conflicts may arise, no matter how well the project is planned. When conflicts occur, it can be difficult to determine who is accountable, and it often results in increased costs and time delays. We believe that the less stress and worry for the owner during a build, the better it is for everyone. Here are just a few advantages to our Design-Build project delivery program:

  • The most cost-effective and fastest delivery method.
  • Allow owners to start construction sooner, even before the design plans are complete, and set the GMP as the design develops.
  • Provides design-builders’ expertise when choosing materials, implementing methods, and meeting overall requirements of the project, which optimizes speed and cost.
  • Offers implied fitness of design plans because the design team and build team are under the same contract.
  • Limits finger-pointing between designer and builder and solves the liability gap that the owner faces.
  • Doesn’t require 100% finished design before selecting the build team.
  • Reduces paper shuffling, removes approval process, and streamlines the submittals while still safeguarding the owner.

Contour will be your one-stop shop for a seamless, turnkey project. Our design-build services bring everyone together to handle:

  • Design
  • Engineering
  • Scheduling
  • Budget
  • Construction

Design-Build Services

Design
Design-Build is a collaborative process where architects, engineers, and builders work together under a single contract to achieve a unified vision that aligns with the project's goals from the outset. This integrated approach ensures that the design is not only aesthetically pleasing but also functional and cost-effective. The construction team's early involvement helps anticipate potential issues and integrate solutions into the design promptly, allowing for adjustments based on real-time feedback and early cost estimates.
Engineering
Engineering in a Design-Build context involves detailed planning where all technical aspects of the project are outlined. This includes structural, mechanical, and electrical systems designed to comply with the project’s specifications and regulatory requirements. Engineers collaborate closely with architects and builders from the early stages, which enhances the project's efficiency and ensures that the engineering solutions support the architectural vision and practical construction needs​.
Scheduling
Scheduling in Design-Build projects can benefit significantly from a single-source setup. When designers and builders work as a unified team, the project timeline can be optimized to overlap design and construction phases, which can speed up the overall schedule. This method reduces downtime and allows for faster project completion because many design and construction activities can proceed concurrently without waiting for a complete set of final designs.
Budget
One of the most significant advantages of the Design-Build approach is budget management. With a single entity responsible for both design and construction, the project budget is defined early, and the design conforms to this budget, minimizing the risk of cost overruns. The collaborative process allows for cost-saving innovations and value engineering, where the team finds efficient ways to deliver the desired outcome within the financial targets​.
Construction
The construction phase in Design-Build projects is marked by a high level of integration between all team members, which simplifies coordination and communication. Because the construction can begin while the design is still being finalized, there is a significant reduction in project timelines. Also, with the entire team working under one contract, accountability is clear, and the execution tends to align closely with the project's planned scope, schedule, and budget.

Design-Build Consulting Services

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Why Contour Construction is your premier Design-Build Contractor

Empathetic Understanding: At Contour Construction, we bring an owner’s perspective to every project because we are owners ourselves. This unique viewpoint allows us to fully understand and anticipate the needs and challenges faced by all parties involved in a project, including tenants, landlords, and other stakeholders.

Holistic Approach: By considering the perspectives of different stakeholders, we ensure that each project is managed with a comprehensive understanding of its impacts. This approach results in balanced solutions that meet the diverse needs of all parties, enhancing project satisfaction and success.

Extensive Experience: Our team boasts a combined 75 years of experience in the construction industry, covering every role from laborer to project manager and owner. This depth and breadth of experience equip us with a profound understanding of both the technical and managerial aspects of construction. 

Insight and Expertise: Leveraging our comprehensive industry knowledge, we can efficiently navigate complex project requirements, regulatory challenges, and innovative construction techniques. Our expertise ensures that we deliver superior results that consistently exceed client expectations.

Risk Management: We recognize the importance of your investment and are committed to protecting it. Our strategic project management includes rigorous risk assessment and mitigation strategies that safeguard your interests throughout the project lifecycle.

Transparent Communication: Keeping investors informed is key to our process. We provide regular updates and maintain open lines of communication, ensuring that you are always aware of your project’s progress and any critical decisions.

Return on Investment: By ensuring projects are completed on time and within budget, while also adhering to the highest standards of quality, we maximize your return on investment. Our goal is to enhance the value of every project, ensuring it contributes positively to your financial goals.

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