Design-Build / Design-Assist

We believe in collaboration. The design-assist project delivery methodology turns the traditional process into an innovative process rooted in early engagement and teamwork. Long gone are the days of construction teams working in isolation or creating adversarial relationships. We work in a team, ideally including the owner, architect, general contractor, structural engineer, steel fabricator, steel detailer and steel erector. An effective design-assist team operates with open communication, respect and a free exchange of information to be successful. This can help to resolve design issues in the early design phase of a project instead of in the field where the stakes of time and cost are much higher. Fewer change orders, RFI’s and other issues with the plans and specifications are the desired result.

It sounds basic, but when everyone checks their egos at the door and readily shares their expertise, the process allows the team to select the best structural steel solution for the project. This level of communication also spurs innovative ideas that, in the end, control costs, saves our clients’ money, time and ultimately produces a superior product.

Through this phase, the primary goal is to define the project scope, schedule, and cost as early as possible with the most efficient use of resources and money. Our process helps us to identify potential issues along with the cost impact of each, including:

    • Site selection & requirements
    • Project feasibility
    • Equipment selection
    • Optimized scheduling
    • Value engineering options
    • Optimized steel design
    • Cost saving options
    • Constructability reviews

While technology continues to advance to support efficiency and more complex builds, we don’t underestimate the importance of a high level of hands-on care.
We ensure every stage is carefully managed with numerous internal quality control checks.