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Design Build

The design-build method integrates architectural design with construction to create one project team. From building design to completion, the design-build method positions projects on a fast-track schedule for success.

The Design-Build Institute of America describes the design-build project delivery method as a “return to the time-honored approach of the Master Builder, where a single source has absolute accountability for both design and construction.” The method brings centralized responsibility and decision-making to the project. It creates a single entity tasked with providing all design and construction services required to deliver a facility or structure based on the owner’s vision and project specifications.

Traditional Design-Build vs Design-Build Methods Illustrated on a flowchart in Des Moines, IA

“Design-build unleashes the power of team to deliver projects faster, better and for optimum cost – best value for the money, time and effort invested.”

Design-Build Institute of America

Design-Build Process by Neumann Brothers Inc in Des Moines, IA

Benefits of the Design-Build Method

Daily interaction and communication between the architect and builder overlaps all stages of the design phase with the construction phase. The entire team works together to explore and evaluate options for bringing added value to the project. This expedites communication and eliminates extra steps and ultimately leads to:


Highest level of quality control


Greater process control, with costs established sooner


Reduction in overall project timeline


Improved risk management


Greater cost-efficiency

“The project and project communication was well organized so the Grinnell Mutual building team was kept current on key decision timing, upcoming priorities, and overall project status. The result was a beautiful new facility that was delivered on time and under budget. We were extremely pleased with the design-build process provided by Neumann Brothers and would give them the highest recommendation and endorsement for others considering a major construction project.”

Larry J. Jansen, President and CEO, Grinnell Mutual
Reinsurance Company

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