The concept of professional Design+Build services has roots in ancient times, believed to have been used by the Greeks who considered Architect and Master Builder as one and the same. Early American design practice was also based on the “Architect as Master Builder” concept, uniting responsibility for all aspects of design and construction of built works.
The obvious question is why the Design+Build model was rejected as an appropriate model for most work during the 20th Century. There are a number of historical reasons why Design+Build fell out of favor as a project delivery method, including increased modern specialization, the complexities of large multi-use projects, and laws such as the Miller Act that were enacted to protect professional turfs.
Even so, the fact is that today the Design+Build model is very appropriate for most residential and commercial projects.
Franke:Franke offers Design+Build services to our Clients who wish to have one responsible point of contact throughout the life of a project, knowing with confidence that this single point of contact will both appreciate and understand the design intent at each level of construction, and manage the day-to-day operations of construction to achieve all project goals.
To enable our team to achieve the maximum potential with the Design+Build model, we have developed professional relationships with dependable and highly capable building tradesmen, artisans, and craftsmen to carry out the work as designed by Franke:Franke.
Most importantly, we believe that our Design+Build approach maximizes the value and quality of the final built project for our Clients, while also maintaining cost controls that are necessary to achieve the design intent without unnecessary compromise.
Although we believe that the Design+Build model often provides real advantages to a particular project—from direct oversight of project design qualities, to continuous cost/benefit analysis throughout this integrated approach of project delivery—the considerations as to whether to utilize our Design+Build services are unique to each Client and project.
We are equally capable of serving solely as the Architect or Landscape Architect for a given project, working in concert with an independent general contractor engaged separately by the Client. In this traditional tripartite model of project delivery, our Client engages Franke:Franke and a third-party qualified contractor through distinctly separate contractual agreements.
We would be pleased to discuss the options available to each Client regarding project delivery, and we encourage each Client to research and understand the difference between the options that are available to them, and to choose the design and construction method of project delivery that best fits their particular needs and experiences.