Making the Case for Design-Build

By RaeAnn Slaybaugh

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(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.”

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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.

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