The design-build approach puts ECS in the role of managing design for the client. ECS has significant design-build experience and has relationships with architects and engineers around the country that share our focus on maximizing value. With strong pre-construction services, ECS works with the owner and as the leader of the design team to produce a project budget that not only meets both visual and functional requirements, but is financially feasible. ECS manages design toward affordability.
Design-build provides you with the advantage of a single point of accountability for construction and design. As the manager of the design process, the design builder is a key influencer of affordability, constructability, and protection of end user requirements. It is during design that success of a project is largely defined.
The best value engineering is proactive and preventive – accomplished by sound leadership of the earliest phases of design development. As experienced design builders, ECS provides this benefit – a unique feature of the design build approach. Design-build also empowers owners by providing valuable cost data on design and specification alternatives before they are embedded in construction documents.
Owners have hired ECS for projects where the A&E team had completed a design, but the owner could not make the numbers work. ECS assumed the contracts with the design team and worked to achieve the value engineering objectives that made it possible for these projects to happen.
These examples illustrate what a design-builder with specific product type experience can bring to a project. By thinking like owners, ECS separates those aspects of the design that are essential from those that are not to create the right building for the right price.