FirstMerit Bank Event Park

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design-build services

Primary Benefits to You

  • Team formation by an experienced constructor with relationships throughout the architecture and engineering industry

  • Single point of responsibility throughout design and construction

  • Potential schedule efficiencies through expedited delivery

  • Early establishment of project price

About design-build

The efficiencies in cost, schedule, oversight, and risk management associated with construction management can also be achieved through a design-build delivery, with an added benefit of streamlined coordination. Design-build delivery provides a single-point of contractual responsibility for design and construction, which can simplify communication and contract management for the Owner. Spence Brothers has utilized this delivery on many projects to expedite the process of team selection, provide cost certainty earlier in the project to the Owner, and provide a turn-key solution for Owners that wish to maintain focus on their day-to-day operations and priorities.

Our industry experience has reinforced the importance of ensuring the following conditions should be in place before selecting design-build:

  • The owner has a very high level of trust in the design-build firm and the overall team.
  • The qualifications and experience of all team members are taken into account.
  • The owner has a strong understanding of what a project should cost, how long construction should take, and the desired form and function of the end product.
Saginaw County Dow Event Center

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It is important that the Owner understands that design-build contracting is a much less transparent delivery system in comparison to general contracting and construction management. While the Owner retains less risk and oversight in this delivery, the Owner will also receive less information regarding cost allocation within the design and construction team. Accordingly, it is of utmost importance that the Owner has full trust in the design-builder’s experience, competence, ability, and integrity.

Spence Brothers’ status as a leader in the construction industry has blessed us with excellent relationships throughout the design community. Our longevity in the industry has been built on our commitment to providing services, building relationships, and constructing facilities of the highest quality. This commitment extends to how we develop our design-build teams, as we seek the best designers and engineers that best fit the task at hand, not just the lowest cost to benefit our own bottom-line.

When our project partners ask us to provide design-build services, we know this is the ultimate expression of trust in our company, and we are committed to living up to that expectation.