Many owners are bypassing the competitive bid method and turning to either a negotiated contract or a design-build approach. Choosing a contractor early in the planning stage of a project can offer practical advice and cost input to the owner, concurrently with the design process. This facilitates budget control and can shorten a project's schedule.
Our philosophy on design-build projects is to become a project development team member and to think as an owner. By assuming the role of owner, we analyze all design and construction issues from a pro-and-con perspective. Such issues are then presented to the client with a pre-studied “what if” evaluation.
A Definition of Design-Build
Design-build is a form of project delivery in which owners contract with a single entity, the design-builder, to provide both design and construction services. The design-build entity may be a single firm, a group of experts or a joint venture. Typically the team includes a contractor and an architect who may be partners or one a consultant to the other.
A design-build procurement method provides single-source responsibility to a client with all the benefits of proven design, engineering and construction experience to provide the most cost-effective structure to meet the design, cost control and quality requirements of any program. Morley has developed lasting relationships with many architects and engineers and has worked closely with them on numerous occasions to deliver design-build facilities that meet our clients' needs.