RE: The Design Build Project
Dear Website Customer:
If your company's future includes a facility
move, renovation or expansion of current space, please read on....
Many businesses, faced with similar situations,
choose to cut out the "middle man" and contract directly
with Tradesmen capable of designing what they build. Their main
reasons for this decision are:
- Single line responsibility which allows
them to work directly with the people most able to meet their
facility needs. Architectural and Engineering firms attempt to
cushion themselves with "catch-all" phrasing in design
documents that sometimes leads to disagreements during construction.
- Best overall engineering which results
when the Scope of Work is developed by a Contractor who has access
to the cost of multiple design options as well as the customer's
requirements and can mesh them into a few good recommendations
over a narrow price range. Architectural and Engineering firms
typically offer only one option that may not be the best blend
of available funds and design for the customer's long term needs.
- No "extra costs" or surprises
pop up when the DesignBuild Contractor is involved--unless, of
course, the customer's needs change or alter during construction
- Best long term use of the building systems
when the designer/installer services and maintains a system he
knows from top to bottom. Design plans are also created with
long term serviceability in mind.
- Best overall value as the design costs
are part of the contract, thus avoiding the need to pay an architect
or engineer for these services.
Let me.assure you, a lot of your time is
not required. When you have settled on a site for your relocation,
all the Contractors will need to draw up plans is a brief meeting
with your designer to check the building layout, a meeting with
you to check your use of the building (i.e. computer rooms and
other critical areas) as well as your budgetary requirements,
and access to the building to assess existing equipment and systems.
Design-Build projects really are as simple
as this sounds. We have been doing this work for over 15 years
and find it to be the most satisfying and painless way of achieving
a successful retrofit of an existing facility.
Think about it.... and if you would like
more information, please call me at 631-1010. I'll be happy to
hear from you.
KAHN MECHANICAL CONTRACTORS
Ann R. Kahn