Owners Guide to the Design and Construction Process – part 2

How To Choose Among The Four Basic Approaches To The Design and Building Process

There are four approaches to the building process:

  1. Traditional
  2. Design-Build
  3. Team Method
  4. Construction Management

Before we analyze and examine the advantages and disadvantages of each, let’s take a look at the process these approaches are intended to facilitate.

The building process begins with you, the Owner.

It starts with your concept of your own needs and desires. It’s a good idea to consult now with everyone who might have valid input or legitimate interest: marketing, financial, plant management, and engineering departments may be involved.

At this time you consider such factors as how many square feet do we need? What processes and equipment must it handle? What expansion do we anticipate? What are the building aesthetics of the site location? When do we need this building? What is our budget for it? What park covenants are going to affect the building design?

Once you have the answers, JOSEPH personnel synthesize the data into preliminary construction language. That language is then translated into architectural design. During these translations, a multitude of intentions, needs, and desires must be clarified and satisfied.

“I’m never going to get our 15-ton brake through that door.” “No provision Has been made for our overhead cranes.” “Will the floor as specified support the new equipment we are purchasing?” “City Hall will never approve this design for the area we are in.” “My wife thinks it looks like a maximum security prison.” “Isn’t there a cheaper way to accomplish the same thing?”

All this leads us into the various roles and their functions in the building process.