Design/build focuses on combining the design, permitting, and construction schedules in order to streamline the traditional design/bid/build This process traditionally would not shorten the time it takes to complete the individual tasks of creating construction documents, acquiring building and other permits, or actually constructing the building. However, the design/build process would bring together design and construction professionals in a collaborative environment to complete both the design and construction simultaneously.
Traditionally the design/build team is responsible for both the design and construction of the project. If this team is contractor led, the process is known as "contractor-led design/build". If the team is design firm lead, the process is known as "design-led design/build". In either case, the organization employed by the owner rarely handles both aspects of design and construction in-house. In fact, the organization often subcontracts with on-site personnel (if design-led) as well as architects and engineers (if contractor-led).
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