The Best Ways to Prepare for a Design-Build Project

It’s not unusual for commercial construction projects to undergo weeks and months of intense planning before the first dig even happens, but it’s all for good reason. Failure to plan could mean failure to succeed. As you ready yourself to dive into a design-build project, the right preparation and project planning are critical to getting your build off the ground.

What to expect with a design-build project

With design-build projects, efficiency is as important as execution, and that means making sure you have the right team assembled from the start. Design-build projects differ from design-bid-build projects in a few key ways – a big one being the point at which the general contractor is brought in to the project.

In design-build projects, your GC will be with you from the start and guide your project to an on-time, on-budget completion. As the main point of contact for the build, he or she will ensure a seamless and efficient build because of constant collaboration with the entire project team, including subcontractors.

How to prepare for a design-build construction project

As you begin the process of selecting a GC for your build, and even if you already have one, here are some important considerations to keep in mind as you begin planning your project:

  • Get up to speed on codes, requirements, restrictions, and any other parameters specific to your project type and location. Your GC will be one of your best resources for this and will be able to advise you on how they could impact your project.
  • Research incentive opportunities, such as LEED credits and energy rebates based on design ideas. Non-profit organizations may also benefit from certain tax exemptions if planned for appropriately.
  • Know your budget inside and out. Financial considerations have a huge impact on a build, and it’s still very possible to achieve the build you want with the budget you set when you engage your GC early.
  • Ask questions about the project, about the people, about the community, about anything and everything you can think of. And to be clear, asking questions doesn’t end with planning, it’s something you should do throughout the entire project.

At Seacoast Construction, we have more than 20 years of experience executing design-build projects in South Florida. Get in touch when you’re ready to discuss your next build.

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