The idea behind the Design/Build model of construction may seem obvious, yet the benefits of working with a true Design/Build firm such as Devcon goes well beyond the basic concept of the architect and the builder operating under the same contract. By integrating in-house design and construction management since its inception, Devcon has developed a professional environment of collaboration and continual conversation between highly trained and experienced professionals.
This collaborative instinct carries over to Devcon’s long and established partnerships with hundreds of independent architects and engineers. Taking pride in the level of design provided by our own internal architecture and design teams, we are a qualified and dedicated resource for owners, developers, architects and engineers. As a result, we are often called upon to take a Design Assist role to support an independent architect or engineer with construction plans and documents.
Integrated Project Delivery
For decades, all of the innovations in the way construction projects are managed–new contracts, new legal entities, “the bridging method,” Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP), ”contractor at risk,” etc.–have all moved toward more and better teamwork. Devcon knows and believes in the power of teamwork. When requested, we have adapted our design/build model as an Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) model, which unites all key team members–owner, builder, architect, engineer–contractually.
The strength of the Devcon in-house design team allows us to offer a variation on IPD that we call Integrated Design/Build (IDB). In this model, the general contractor and the architect are part of the same company and therefore share the same customer-oriented philosophy, methodologies, communication techniques and professional history.
Devcon’s close partnerships with hundreds of subcontractors allows us to include them in the design/build process because we know which ones have the capabilities, staff and values that fit the project best. We bring them to the table as early in the design phase as possible to benefit from their specialized knowledge and experience. Design/Build subcontracting has proven itself time and again as a model that adds value and promotes cost avoidance.
Effective communication has always been a core tenet at Devcon. Recently, we have taken this tenet a step further with the acquisition of a 3-D printer that enables us to help our clients and their stakeholders visualize projects like never before. By leveraging CAD models that are now routinely used in the production of drawings and renderings, with a 3-D printer we can now produce presentation-grade models in-house in a cost effective manner with more expediency and accuracy than ever before. The reductions in model turnaround times that 3-D printing affords also allow us to utilize models throughout the design process as study tools – from overall massing models during schematic design, to detailed mock-ups during design development – so that we may articulate the design intents of a project and make our collaboration efforts with clients and fellow design consultants more effective and efficient.