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design build tips

5 ways hiring a design-build firm will help you in your next project

An integrated firm has all departments under the same roof. This means that each of these teams are constantly working together, which provides more experience as well as increased communication skills. Working with an integrated design and construction firm will boost overall plant efficiency. Here are five tips that you should consider.

1. Integrate process equipment design and layout with the overall design of the building

 

The success of a project is determined mostly by looking at the planning stage of the project. This is where the scope and layout of the project are determined. The best way to create that success is to consider putting the design, build, and engineering teams together. This will maximize square footage and provide the most efficient manufacturing job. The goal with your footprint is to maximize product output and deliver the most ROI possible. A smaller footprint means lower construction costs.

2. Get your architect and builder working together early in the project

 

The reason for this is to manage costs and expectations. A good architect will do an analysis that will lay out your facility in the most cost-effective way possible. The builder is the one that carries the knowledge of costs. Since the builder has this knowledge, having the builder work with the architect will provide the most functional building project for you without having to worry about ridiculous costs.

3. Consider design-build

 

According to the Design-Build Institute of America, design-build projects tend to be 33.5% faster than design-bid-build projects. Design-build projects have endless benefits, including the following:

  • Better quality
  • Less risk
  • Follow food safety regulations
  • Reasonable scope and budget
  • Faster construction schedule
  • Strong subcontractor relationships

4. Be aware of industry regulations

Being aware of these regulations from the beginning of the project to the end will allow for the project to get done quicker and with fewer problems. The key is to choose a reliable team to work on your project. This is where design-build would be great because, as stated above, they tend to be the best at following these regulations.

5. Design for the future

When designing, it’s important to ask yourself a set of questions that will, in return, set the bar for the remainder of the project. Asking yourself “what happens if my business grows again” and “what will we do if we double our lines in 5-10 years”, will assist you in planning out your future through this project.

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Vice President/Owner,
Galbraith Pre-Design

As co-owner of Galbraith/Pre-Design, Inc., Mark Galbraith is responsible for the construction of commercial facilities in nine states. Continuing his family’s tradition of commercial and industrial construction in south central Pennsylvania and beyond, Mark’s experience includes site analysis and selection, pre-construction services, field engineering and project management.