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Design-Build is an alternative to the more traditional Design-Bid-Build process where design and construction are two separate processes with different contracts.

BELL’s Design-Build arrangement is very similar to our ʪ Management at Risk (CMAR) delivery method, but a single contract is held between the Owner and BELL instead of the Owner contracting with the Designer and BELL separately. Design-Build provides the Owner with a single point of responsibility for both design and construction as BELL enters into a design contract with an architect or engineer who specializes in the desired construction type.

Our Design-Build team then works with the client and designer to design and build the project in order to meet the project’s specific goals, budget, and schedule.

Benefits of a Design-Build arrangement include:

  • A single contract between the client and the contractor
  • Fewer change orders and more cost savings resulting from intensive collaboration of the designer and builder
  • More efficient project delivery
  • Streamlined design change vetting and execution process
  • Incorporation of VDC/BIM and sustainability goals (LEED certification, State of TN HPBr, etc.) from the beginning of the contract