Why Our Design-Build Concept Makes Sense:
What Makes Us Different
Not all projects will qualify for this delivery method, but a successful project may be achieved with it.
What defines success? I think we can agree, if a project is completed on time, on budget and with quality success has been realized. But how is this best accomplished?
One way is to combine the separate components necessary to organize a building project: Design, Engineering and Construction. Doing this with a one-stop resource is called “Design-Build”. In other words, when the architect in charge of designing a project is also a licensed contractor in charge of the building process, it is both efficient and cost-effective and allows for a stream-lined communication and decision-making process. This helps assure adherence to the budget and to meet high quality standards, throughout the entire design and construction processes.
During 30 years in the trades, actively practicing as both licensed architect and general contractor, I have seen the evolution of these separate and distinct professions. They are both critical to a project-but little regard is sometimes given to how they are expected to integrate as one entity for the life of a project.
Today, we have learned from many successful projects, that if architecture and general contracting are unified into one qualified single source, a most important goals is achieved. That is, a happy client.
Here is a compilation of questions and answers that I have been part of with client’s over the years, which I hope will provide some insight to the “Design-Build” concept.
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CO BuilderBarry R. Shaw, AIA-BSA Inc. Design & Construction
IIBEC CO Building ConsultantsBarry R. Shaw AIA, Construction Administration Consultant
Multi-State ServicesThe fundamentals of architectural design responding to the Client’s requests remains relatively constant, no matter what State the project is designed in. Technology has provided a convenient venue that is available 24/7 for ‘virtually’ the same communications that would be realized in-person, but better. Better meaning, both the Architect and Client can simultaneously access and present criteria for design presentation meetings, utilizing their own respective data base in the comfort of their own home or office. When it comes to the logistics of submitting design documents to various State agencies, we provide multiple licensing options for this process, as stated below. If there’s a particular State not a part of the project’s location, then we work with our affiliate engineers to satisfy the licensing requirements. What remains most important and of value to our Client’s, is our (25+) years of experience as Architects and General Contractors in the design and construction business. We design the plans with unique creativity, that is scrutinized and modified from our general contractor background, so that the building project will be cost-effective, quality and timely, before construction has even begun: We hold Certificates in CO, CA, HI, ID, TX, with an emphasis on architect & construction management services in Colorado. For more information on the logistics of how our process could save you tens of thousands of dollars in construction costs, please contact us for complimentary Consultation for your project.
A+ Contractor RatingDear Barry Shaw, We have previously written to you regarding the availability of our bid, performance and payment program by virtue of your experience and outstanding contractor’s record. Your excellent track record has earned you the designation by Surety Company as an “A+ Contractor.” Sincerely, Scott T. Carroll Vice-President, Contract Surety George Peate Vice-President, Underwriting
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) CertificateUnited States Environmental Protection Agency This is to certify that Barry R. Shaw has fulfilled the requirements of the Toxic Substances Control Act (ISCA) Section 402. In The Jurisdiction Of: All EPA Administered States, Tribes, and Territories This certification is valid from the date of issuance and expires May 08, 2020
Sustainable Exterior EnvelopesOptimizing Building Performance in Colorado.
Green Plan Certificate of UtilizationGREEN PLAN Certificate of Utilization Presented to Barry Shaw, AIA Your commitment to the use of our recycled product creates significant reductions in non-renewable resources, creating a climate of environmental stewardship that we at ARC applaud.
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Not all projects will qualify for this type of delivery model. Specific questions or concerns about your project can easily be answered during our initial consultation. Click Here to Inquire about our Design-Build Services or give us a call 303-604-6208