Design and Construction

Have you ever seen some of the design prototypes that architects or designers dream up?  Some of these designs are creative, funky and even down right weird.  Others are beautiful and elegant buildings, almost 3D or 4D mega pieces of art.  However, what happens when the design plans get in front of a general contractor?  Are all these design plans feasible?  What happens when there is a conflict between functionality and design?  Who wins out?

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Ultimately, if the design was created to meet customer expectations, but the design didn’t factor in feasibility or functionality there could be detrimental impact on them.  These detriments may come in the way of disappointment if customer requirements are not met.  Or, it may come in a much higher price point because the design isn’t feasible or efficient, thus it may require extra cost to build. Bottom line, the architect, general contractors and engineers are not always in agreement with the best approach to a project.  For example, the architect may design a beautiful development, but when the engineer reviews the plans and the proposed location things could come to a screeching halt if something doesn’t work correctly.

Other conflicts that arise include general contractors getting behind schedule and subsequently their subcontractors run in to challenges completing their work.  If all the contracted entities working together have a relationship of animosity, the project is doomed to unnecessary bumps.  This is an unfortunate aspect to contracting out these entities separately, whether to get better negotiated rates or to work with specific contractors.  Regardless, there is a solution you can consider, work with a construction firm that goes from design all the way through build.

There are a number of these firms, and if you are looking to have your project go smoother and more efficiently than others you have heard about, do your research.  These firms can increase your bottom line and give you greater peace of mind throughout the duration of your project.  They do this by overseeing all aspects of your design to build process, and each of the groups from architect and engineer to general contractors and subs, to make sure things are working cohesively and smoothly.  By eliminating the animosity and coordinating a joint effort with a joint goal, they are able to drive greater profitability for not only themselves, but also for their customers.  By coordinating these efforts they are able to get through the checkpoints, approvals, red tape and bureaucracy with greater ease.

With greater harmony among all the contracted entities, your project is more likely to keep to projected schedules and time lines, hold each other accountable without tension and bring forth ideas that will be mutually beneficial to the client.  Working more closely together will allow the project to maintain expected construction costs, control costs and hopefully come in under budget, a notion that appeals to both hired firm and client bottom line.  As the group is working together as a true partnership, they are able to collaboratively work with the client rather than just follow orders.  This improves the overall client experience and can help the design and build firm with word of mouth recommendations.

When going into a construction phase clients often think that just because they contracted with individual entities then those entities would automatically work well together.  In a perfect world that might be the case.  But since we don’t live in a perfect world the next best thing you can do for your project ease and bottom line is to find an organization that will create that perfect world for you.  So before contracting individual subcontractors, look for a firm that can take you from design to project build.

Written by Kent Murdock, owner of Randy Adams Construction in Columbia, MO. Randy Adams Construction is one of the premiere commercial construction companies Columbia MO has to offer.

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