Design build project implementation places full accountability for architecture, engineering and construction in one set of hands. Design and construction are overlapped and bidding periods and redesign are eliminated as a result of the up-front coordination. Material and equipment procurement and construction work can begin before construction documents are fully completed which allows a project to be implemented on a fast track schedule. Fast-tracking saves time and money. Although capable of providing project implementation under any methodology, Summit Smith prefers the design-build methodology because it results in shorter schedules, a more integrated and operationally efficient facility, lower project costs and a better overall value.
The chief advantages of design build are: