Leopardo’s design-build method economizes and streamlines a project by overlapping the design and construction phases, with the contractor assuming the majority of the risk. It is popular for turning seemingly unworkable projects into legitimate opportunities. As design-builder, Leopardo revived a police station project that had been stalled for five years and saved the municipality $200,000. If the project doesn’t budget out as anticipated, the contractor operating as the design-builder can redesign the facility in a way that creates value in multiple ways and gives the owner a turnkey price to still do the whole deal on budget.

Unlike the back-and-forth linear traditional method, the design-build model overlaps the design, permit and construction schedules so the project can be built and delivered much quicker. With design and construction working in concert, the design-build method eliminates the risk of redesign, which could prove costly to both the client’s schedule and budget. Design-build also allows for the project cost to be established much earlier in the process–often before the final drawings are completed.

Beyond cost and time benefits, the design-build process is easier. It gives the owner a single contract and single point of responsibility. No more tangled web of multiple contracts and conversations with architects, engineers, contractors and construction managers. Communication is also enhanced between the design-builder and the owner, which translates to the owner having more and ongoing input into the project.