In Design-Build, the owner contracts with a single
entity to provide both design and construction for their project under
a single contract.
The single source approach of Design-Build consists of a team of
architects/engineers and contractors who are “at-risk” for the
cost, schedule, quality and management of the project. The design-builder
is both the architect/engineer of record and the at-risk contractor.
• Single point of responsibility
• All parties treated as professionals
• Higher quality
• Cost effectiveness
• Time savings
• Reduced administration for owners
• Early knowledge of firm costs
• Encourages innovation
• Risks are allocated to the party best able to manage the risk
• Lower claims and litigation
• Best value selection
In 1999 the Construction Industry Institute published the following
Delivery Method Comparisons*
||Design-Build vs. Design-Bid. Build
||CM @ Risk vs. Design-Bid-Build
||Design-Build vs. CM @ Risk
||Level of Certainty
* Statistical Research from The Construction
Industry Institute - "Selecting Project Delivery Systems"
Many companies state they are practitioners of Design-Build,
capable of both designing and constructing a project for an owner. This
is fairly common and in most cases a true statement.
While statistics are important, there is much more to Design-Build
than a contract or a delivery method. At Joseph J. Henderson & Son,
Inc., we understand the nuances of Design-Build and what added value
is needed to make a Design-Build project successful.
The real reason that Design-Build projects are successful has much
more to do with “soft skills” than the hard facts of research.
At JJH we understand, believe in, and practice soft skills. Some of
the reasons for JJH’s success are:
• JJH is ethical, honest and trustworthy;
• JJH respects our teaming partners and values their contribution
to the project;
• JJH discusses issues openly in order to solve problems without
• JJH focuses on client satisfaction
Design-Build is one of the core aspects of our business. Our Design-Build
areas of expertise include water and wastewater
treatment plants, private projects, and federal/military