Humble Words July 2015


The Design-Build construction process is not new. It has been around for a long time, which means many companies have interpreted it in new and different ways. But the truth is that there are some well-established best practices that influence Design-Build success. In this month's issue of Humble Words, we lay the groundwork for the factors that really matter.

 Design-Build: 4 Factors
 You Never Considered.

With nearly 70 years of experience in the construction industry, Humble Construction has been through many successful projects. We also have had to deal with many complicated issues, and challenges in projects. But it is that experience that allows us to share insights about factors that directly influence project results.

It might be surprising to some, but our experience tells us that some of the very first decisions an owner makes about a project -- before they even select a construction partner -- will directly affect whether the project is on track for success or disappointment.  


Factor 1: Should this project use Design-Build or an alternative delivery system?
There are many delivery systems available for the construction of any project. Choosing the one that is best for your specific project requires careful and informed decision making because it forms the foundation for how the project will be developed, procured and executed. A critical component of this includes how the key project stakeholders communicate and relate to each other.

Factor 2: Will your procurement process enhance the outcome of the project?
Many people are surprised when we first introduce this factor to them. That's because they separate the procurement process and the construction process in their minds. They don't take into consideration how they will influence the construction process (for better or worse) based on how the procurement plan is developed and implemented. Among many other factors, an effective procurement plan will ensure that technical concepts and price are valued equally in the selection process.

Factor 3: Do your contracts promote collaboration?
One of the most powerful aspects of the Design-Build construction process lies collaboration. Not just collaboration between the owner and the Design-Build company, but also collaboration between the Design-Build company and its subcontractors, consultants and other stakeholders. Again, many people are not aware of how they can affect this unique aspect of the Design-Build process based on how their contracts are conceived and executed.

Factor 4: Is there trust and transparency in your project team?
Every construction delivery system requires you to have highly skilled, competent players in every position along the way. For example, all projects require experienced project management and expert tradesmen. But when you are executing with the Design-Build construction method, effective communication, collaboration and issue resolution is essential. Without this, the project will be at risk of falling short of expectations for some, if not all, stakeholders.



The coverage we gave each factor above was intended to be enlightening and thought-provoking. But this newsletter does not allow us to discuss all of the critical aspects that will help you lead a successful Design-Build construction project. To learn more, we invite you to give us a call and schedule a meeting when we can get into all of the details. We look forward to continuing the conversation with you.


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