Built to Suit
The Lundy Group uses a modified design-build process in pursuing its projects. We feel this is an excellent approach that can result in the best possible product at the best possible price for the owner or tenant. We feel this is so because our process involves the trades, contractors and designer who actually install and maintain what they design. When the experience of installation and maintenance is considered in the design phase, the design usually ends up being that which can be efficiently installed and economically managed. In other words, those installing it will make sure the design is something they want to do and are willing to stand behind for performance.
This efficiency comes from several sources. It comes directly from the trades involved such as plumbing, electrical or HVAC. It also comes from the synergy of the trades interacting for a design that is free of conflict. Conflict arises when the trades design in isolation of each other, when they do not know what the next trade is designing.
An additional benefit in using trades to design, install and maintain their systems is the system works. It alleviates the finger pointing of the installer blaming the designer for a bad design, or the maintenance vendor blaming the installer for not doing it right. If a contractor knows they will have to stand behind their system and that they are the only ones involved with their system, these excuses disappear.
The Modified Process
The design-build process used by Lundy is modified from the traditional process. In the traditional process the owner/developer chooses a contractor. This contractor then hires the architect and other designers who work for the contractor. This can set up the situation where the best design is not chosen because it is not the most profitable for the contractor. It also sets up concerns during the review process that the architect may not feel the freedom to talk directly to the owner/developer since the architect works for the contractor.
Our experience has modified this so the architect and designers work directly for the owner/developer. The contractor and their subcontractors also work for the owner/developer under a separate arrangement.