type of builder's delivery method should our church choose?
The design build method is a single source contact for the owner.
The owner contracts with the design build firm for all services
and in most cases the whole package. The disadvantage to the owner
is not knowing what they are getting prior to signing the contract
or what the project is going to look like. The architect used by
the design/builder represents the design/ builder not the owner,
therefore the owner has no one to look out for his interest. Design
Builders cannot give a good dollar value for all the accounts
because he has to make a certain amount of profit and overhead on
each account. This method is most expensive to owners in some cases.
is no volunteer labor from within the church allowed in most cases.
- This method is the oldest form of building delivery. The architect
does represent the owner. The lower bid gets the job in most cases.
In some cases the owner may negotiate with a general contractor
to build. This is the next to most expensive method. The owner is
paying two overheads and profits on all materials in the project.
Management - The
Owner, Construction Manager and Architect work together during all
phases of the project. Experience and resources can be utilized
during all phases of the project to provide the most economical
building consistent with the owner's requirements. The owner accepts
most of the risk on the project, but the contractors and designers
have ethical and reputation standards. The architect may be the
construction manager. As well the construction manager can be the
architect. This method is the most cost effective way to build.
Plus - These contracts are one of the other options for
owners if they desire to free up designers and contractors to perform
at their best. Owners must be able to trust the designers and contractors
to keep the costs down to a minimum for their project to be successful.
The owner needs to establish early in the process what is included
in the cost and what percentage will be paid for changes over the
blank checks should be allowed.