How Design Build Construction Improves Collaboration

Aug 17, 2023 | 0 comments

Design build construction is a modern approach to building that combines both design and construction services under one contract, resulting in a seamless, unified workflow. It’s a method that represents a significant shift from traditional construction methods where design and construction were handled by separate entities, which at times could lead to conflicts and delays. 

At PJ Dick, we provide exceptional design build services that involve the skills and expertise of a variety of planning, design, engineering, and construction experts to create exceptional projects across the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. 

What is design build construction? What advantages does it provide in the building process? And how can developers collaborate with PJ Dick to use design build techniques for their next project? 

Understanding Design Build Construction

Design build construction is a project delivery method where a team of construction professionals works together under a single contract with the project owner to provide both design and construction services. This unified approach leads to higher levels of collaboration and efficiency, optimizing the entire construction process.

Unlike traditional methods, where designers and builders work separately — and sometimes at odds — the design build approach encourages all parties to work together towards a common goal. This integration results in fewer conflicts, improved communication, faster project delivery, and even reduced costs.

The Role of Collaboration in Design Build Construction

In any PJ Dick construction project, teamwork and collaboration are key elements for success. With multiple professionals involved — from architects, engineers to builders and contractors —having everyone on the same page is highly productive and efficient. The design build model fosters better collaboration by combining all teams into a single entity.

In this structure, everyone understands the project goals and works together from beginning to completion. This synergy reduces misunderstandings, streamlines the decision-making process, and promotes a more efficient workflow.

Benefits of Collaboration in Design Build Construction

Collaboration in design build construction brings numerous benefits. 

Increased Efficiency & Productivity

With everyone working towards a common goal, project efficiency and productivity are significantly improved. Enhanced communication among team members allows for swift resolution of issues, reducing delays.

Faster Project Completion

The streamlined decision-making process inherent to the design build model ensures faster project completion. Since all parties are working together from inception to completion, decisions can be made quickly without needing to consult separate entities.

Lower Costs

The design build construction approach can lead to a reduction in overall expenses. Team members are better equipped to identify opportunities for cost savings. And with fewer conflicts and misunderstandings, there’s less need for expensive reworks or adjustments.

Examples of PJ Dick Design Build Construction Projects

PJ Dick has partnered with numerous owners using the design build construction method. 

  • We collaborated with the Veterans Administration to build a 1,500-vehicle parking garage in Pittsburgh. 
  • Seton Hall University took advantage of our design build services to construct a 36,000-square-foot residence hall on its campus. 
  • The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services asked PJ Dick to design and build the Dorsey Run Correctional Facility. 
  • In a joint design build team, PJ Dick constructed an office building and a 250,000-square-foot testing building for Johnson Controls in York, Pennsylvania. 

In each of these projects, both the PJ Dick team and our clients enjoyed improved collaboration and more efficient decision-making and problem-solving throughout the construction process, leading to highly successful outcomes.

Design Build Construction with PJ Dick

If you’re considering adopting the design build method for your next project, PJ Dick offers comprehensive design build construction services for various markets such as government, education, retail, and healthcare. With an extensive portfolio of successful design build projects under our belt, we have the experience and expertise you need to ensure your project’s success.
Get in touch with PJ Dick today to discuss your next design build construction plans. Our expert team is ready to collaborate with you for a seamless and successful construction.