Design Build Blueprint

design build blueprint

A blueprint is essential to any building project, and a blueprint of the design-build process is essential to understanding how this all-in-one delivery model can benefit the planning and construction of your new building.

Design-build is a rapidly growing project delivery method that has been leading the construction industry in recent years. At Chad Fisher Construction, we are geared up to be a part of this popular approach to building. We embrace all the latest technology and innovation in the industry and have a professional team with a lifetime’s worth of experience in delivering top-quality projects across the board.


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What Is Design-Build In Construction?

Design-build involves a professional team of engineers, designers, architects, builders, and project managers coming together to work collaboratively on a project under one roof. Instead of outsourcing the various processes to separate contractors, a single team oversees everything. This includes planning, architectural design, securing materials, construction, project management, and handover.

Unified recommendations ensure that projects run smoothly and a single contract separates this approach from older construction methods.


Saves Time

With this approach, you can save time with a more streamlined construction process. A single team can draw up an accurate schedule of the building process, with communication flowing between all members to ensure that deadlines are adhered to and the client informed of any delays. There is no waiting around for separate contractors to arrive on site as the team plans this collectively from the get-go to avoid delays.

Great Project Value

The design-build approach also offers great value. With construction professionals in consultation with each other, supplies can be purchased at the most optimal cost with careful planning reducing the incidence of wastage or unused materials.

Benefit From Collective Professional Input

The team dynamic is more efficient. Unlike traditional methods, design-build creates a more collaborative environment as several minds come together to solve problems. Instead of professional input into a project offered in isolation, the entire team consults to provide a more rounded view on the building in its entirety. This helps to eradicate any chance of conflicting input further down the line.

A Single Point Of Contact

With this approach, the client hands over the responsibility of project estimation, assessments, engineering, subcontracting, and more to the design-build team. Often, the management of all the different contractors is a time-consuming process. A design-build contractual relationship means that there is one project manager to oversee this and remove unnecessary stress.

Chad Fisher’s Step By Step Approach To Design-Build

Concepts and Criteria

To kick-off, the contracted team familiarize themselves with the owner’s needs and project requirements. This process ensures that both parties are on the same wavelength in terms of project expectations.

Chad Fisher uses VDC technology at this step for a virtual pre-construction of the project. It requires some outlining and design adjustments to include aspects such as product logistics and safety hazards.

At this stage, Chad Fisher would prepare a preliminary site and building plan that lays out all proposed utilities for the final construction, including a floor plan, exterior elevations, and a cross-section. The team will do a preemptive zoning/code check to ensure your construction falls in line with zoning laws and requirements.

We then assess all the utilities that will be incorporated, such as the water service, power, gas and storm drain. A compact layout of material requirements should be included here alongside a pre-application meeting with the city/county that holds power to grant permits. VDC also comes in handy for the initial ROM (relative order of magnitude) budget estimations, allowing for a more conservative, accurate idea of the project’s feasibility relative to your budget.

Preliminary Design and Planning

This stage involves realizing the scope, magnitude and architectural project concept. Once these details have been solidified, we draft a more comprehensive budget to begin the process of getting finances and realizing the project duration.

BIM technology is helpful to develop a data-rich simulation of the construction. Aspects such as the site plan, floor plan, and elevations can be confirmed and laid out comprehensively. Extra cross sections, construction details, project scheduling and choice of materials, are finalized, and a tentative cost estimate can be developed.

Final Design and Engineering

The design-build contractor then moves on to meet and obtain all permit needs. The site plan, building plans, and their engineering are finalized at this point to ensure the permit and final competitive bidding. A final cost estimate stipulating the comprehensive budget limitation is laid out before submitting the project for a permit. 

Construction and Completion

The project unfolds smoothly following the preparation work. With a project manager on hand, the process is overseen and pushed along thanks to the contractor’s initial, in-depth planning and thought out steps of the project phases.

Upon completion, we will walk you through the building, explaining the various systems and providing an operations and maintenance manual.

Contact Us

If you are ready to implement your next construction project in the Pacific Northwest using design-build, or simply want to know more, get in touch with our professional team at Chad Fisher Construction.


Did you know:

  • The Design Build Institute of America reports that using the design-build method on projects is 33.5% faster than the traditional design-bid-build method?
  • On average, the unit cost for a project completed using the design-build method is 6.1% less expensive than the same project using the design-bid-build method?

Download our free design build blueprint today to see how your design-build project will unfold, from conception to completion.


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