By RaeAnn Slaybaugh
(Editor’s note: The following article appears in the August/September issue of Church Executive magazine and contains information and quotes from CDH marketing manager Ernest Pullen and David Strickland, CDH principal AIA, LEED AP BD+C.)
When architecture and construction experts describe the design-build process, the word “collaborative” comes up a lot. That’s for a reason.
When architecture and construction experts describe the design-build delivery process, the word “collaborative” comes up a lot. That’s for a reason.
Essentially, a design-build project begins with identifying the owner’s budget. Next, architects and engineers work with the owner to develop a design that meets its overall needs, but with an eye on the construction budget.
Richard Harrison, chairman & CEO at Rhino Construction Group (Milan, TN) — a member of National Association of Design Builders (NACDB) — says his company has only built one non-design-build church project in the past 10 years. “Although the church considers it a success, there are serious deficiencies in flow, materials and AVL (audio, video & lighting) systems,” he explains. “Our expertise wasn’t utilized during design, and those changes were too expensive to make after the fact.”
Ernest Pullen, marketing manager at CDH Partners in Marietta, GA, says his firm uses an incentive-based “integrated project delivery” approach to design-build. All team members (owner, constructor and design professional) are vested in the project at its earliest inception.
“This approach creates a sense of ownership and pride,” Pullen says. “IPD provides cost predictability, risk management and technical integration. In the end, we believe that IPD leads to a natural evolution toward a better design project initiative.” Click here to continue reading.