Benefits of Integrated Design in Construction Process

One of the common considerations while constructing a building among the owners or decision-makers is the choice between using one firm for all aspects of your project (architecture, engineering, development, and construction), or using separate firms for each component. While cases can be made for each approach, we at A F Alber believe that integrated approach offers several unique benefits to the building owners. Integrated approach not only helps in improving the life-cycle costs but also offers a greater potential to reduce first costs. Many owners have assumed that high performance; integrated design solutions would always cost them more.

We will provide you with some of the reasons why you must opt for integrated designs or approach.

  • Iterative nature: One of the biggest benefits of the integrated design process is that it eliminates Random Acts of Design (RAD). For instance, if you are planning to design stairs, many companies and many disciplines have different ways of designing the same. If architecture has one way, structural has another way and the construction company plans the designing differently. With the help of integrated approach, the construction and designing of the building can be achieved in an efficient and faster manner. This holds utmost importance when the project calls for a fast-track delivery.
  • Minimizes the risk: With integrated design system, companies take on the risk of the guaranteed price while ensuring that the client’s project does not go a penny over the assigned budget. The design system helps the companies to work hand-in-hand with their design teams to better understand the costs with less information. For those projects that have rigorous schedules, the schedule can be having construction begin with pouring foundations when the design is only 30% to 40% complete. Further, this shortens what is typically a long design-bid-build process.
  • Design from a development perspective: Owner’s project requirements (OPR) document top the priority list for any successfully integrated design process. This document collates the goals and priorities of an integrated approach for constructing a building such as a schedule, budget, and quality considerations. These goals serve as a roadmap to keep the entire project team on the right track. Additionally, the development team of engineers, architects and builders can directly address the implications of certain design standards, green energy innovation, and value engineering ideas.
  • Cost-shift investment: Many times, project teams often try to overcome the challenge by the cutting areas that have a more long-term impact. The integrated design process assists in generating greater possibilities for a better outcome. For example, a well-thought-out structural solution offers more flexibility for integration of building systems while reducing a building’s overall floor-to-floor height. Optimization of a building’s enclosure, form and lighting systems for a reduction in cooling demand can also be an excellent example of cost-shift investment. A single move can have an impact on the materials used, electrical gear sizes, and long-term operating costs. Further, this allows costs to shift to the other requirements of the owner like higher-grade finishing, site landscaping, and others.

Integrated design creates a foundation for good communication, transparency, and a focus on the overall project delivery method. This design is considered as game-changing design solutions that greatly benefit owners and result in more fulfilling outcomes for all team members involved. To keep yourselves updated about latest trends in the construction industry, log in to A F Alber. We take extreme pleasure in providing you with necessary infor