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Under the traditional design-bid-build method of project delivery, the owner must manage two separate contracts which, all too often, creates an adversarial relationship between the designer and the contractor. If something goes wrong or an unforeseen circumstance requires changes, the designer and contractor blame one another for the cost overruns or schedule changes, often leading to litigation and delays which add to the project cost. But under Ramsons design/build program, our clients only have to manage one contract with a single point of responsibility.

The designer and contractor work together from the beginning, as a team, providing unified project recommendations to fit the owner’s schedule and budget. Any changes are addressed by the entire team, leading to collaborative problem-solving and innovation, not excuses or blame-shifting. 

While single-source contracting is the fundamental difference between design-build and the old ways, equally important is the culture of collaboration inherent in design-build.

Client Advantages
Cost Savings

Resulting from pre-construction services offered by the contractor (i.e.preliminary estimates and engineering).

Project Quality

Improvement in quality resulting from the architectural consultation with the contractor.

Time Saver

The use of fast-tracking (starting a project as plans are developing rather than after they are complete).

Relationships with Architects

We strive to be the “go-to” point of contact for architects whenever they have a question about feasibility, cost, etc.


This method of project delivery is the fastest way to both design and construct a project.

There is a single point of accountability for design and construction.

• Cost efficiencies can be achieved since the contractor and designer are working together throughout the entire process.

• Contractor generated change orders are greatly reduced (if not out-right eliminated).

Yes. During the preconstruction phase we’ll divide each component of the project into specific bid packages (i.e. sitework, concrete, drwyall, roofing, etc.). Subcontractors will then be invited to submit a bid on a specific package. We always seek to get a minimum of three bids on each bid package.

There are two options:

1) Enter into an agreement with our team for a fixed-fee contract that covers design and pre-construction services. Once the design has progressed to a point where a Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) can be established, the contract is converted to a GMP contract, with all fixed costs rolled into the GMP.

2) Another method used is to enter into a fixed price sum agreement for the entire design/build effort.

Our team will work with you in explaining all of your options and together we’ll determine the best contractual terms.

Yes, this method of project delivery is on the rise with 44% of the projects (nationwide) being delivered under a design/build contract.

Yes. Researches on Selecting Project Delivery Systems by Victor Sanvido and Mark Konchar of Pennsylvania State University found that design–build projects are delivered 33.5% faster than projects that are designed and built under separate contracts (design-bid-build). Sanvido and Konchar also showed that design/build projects are constructed 12% faster* and have a unit cost that is 6.1% lower than design-bid-build projects.


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