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Important Design and Build Considerations

Your design and build team is a crucial part of any commercial construction project.

Your design and build team is a crucial part of any commercial construction project.

Your design and build team is a crucial part of any commercial construction project. The relationship between a business and their design and build team is a long-term one, often one to two years, and there are important factors to consider before embarking on such a long professional relationship. In today’s economic climate, most businesses can’t afford to invest in a design and build team that won’t meet their needs. When it comes to your design and build team, be sure to look into who you’ll be working with and keep some of these critical design and build considerations in mind.

Team Organization

Levels of management can impact the cost of a design and build team, so start by examining their organization and ensuring the unit is aligned to provide long term value and owner advocacy. The team should also be efficient and pleasant to work with–after all, you’ll be working with these people for a long time. Make sure the team fits well with your business, communicates effectively and openly, and will overall be pleasant to work with on your commercial construction project.

Cost Control

Construction costs can vary greatly, so controlling this factor is crucial to keeping your project under budget, high quality, and on time. The right design and build team should have a process with multiple cost control checkpoints. These checkpoints should be real–that is, generated from actual subcontractors, not estimated. An experienced and reputable team will be able to provide a level of cost control that grants you peace of mind and keeps your project running smoothly. Estimating costs based on past projects is getting more and more difficult, so it’s best to work with data from actual contractors.

Experience and References

If you haven’t worked with this team before, make sure they have recently completed successful projects for other businesses. Their level of experience with other businesses is a good predictor of how they will handle your business, so consider their reputation carefully. A reputable design and build team will be able to provide you with references as well, which will help you get a better understanding of what it will be like to work with them. Be sure to follow up with references and ask key questions about challenges that arose during the project, how those challenges were met, and whether their references would hire them again.

Work With Encore Construction

As a premier commercial general contractor, Encore Construction is proud to provide interior and exterior services in Baltimore, Maryland and beyond. We have an impeccable track record, an impressive portfolio, and an experienced team that is ready to tackle your next big project. Our results speak for themselves, and we’re proud of the work we continue to produce for our clients.

We have offices in Annapolis, MD and Tysons Corner, VA and we are happy to serve the Washington, DC, Baltimore, Northern, VA, and surrounding areas. Follow us on Facebook,  Twitter, and LinkedIn for news and updates! Do you want to discuss your project with a member of our team? Visit our website, and call us at (410) 573-5050. We look forward to hearing from you!

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