ACI has always strived to be at the forefront of innovation in the construction industry. This includes new ways of organizing projects. Today, we are sitting down with George Ray, President and Owner of ACI, to talk about a more in-depth understanding of their streamlined design-build process.
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“Design-build is a project delivery method that kind of takes the place of design-bid-build. What it does is creates a team of the designer, architect, engineer, and contractor in an effort to streamline the process and reduce cost and eliminate errors and confrontations during a project. We have used design-build for every type of project out there. There really isn’t a project that would not allow design-build to be used. Even more recently, with the use of design-build and municipal projects, or government projects, we’ve partnered with Sourcewell which allows us now to do design-build with government entities. So really, design-build replaces the standard design-bid-build that a lot of people are familiar with. The benefits of design-build, as I mentioned earlier, are time savings and cost savings. That’s achieved because during the design process you have all the entities involved. You set up meetings with the owner, with the architect, with the engineer, with the contractor. We come together as a team and we look at all the different options for materials and methods of construction for a particular type of project and really come to a conclusion as to what’s the best for that project. And by everybody buying into it, there’s no animosity about “well this would have worked better, that would have worked better.” Again, that team approach saves you time and it in the long run saves cost because you know everybody decided on a method upfront.
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