One of the primary objectives of the design/build philosophy is saving time and money for everyone involved in a project. But those savings won’t be possible if all the parties don’t employ the right construction methods.
You may already work with building information modeling (BIM). Perhaps you’ve built a team proficient in this technology or hope to in the near future. At the very least, you suspect one day a project will come your way that will require BIM.
I often get calls from professional contractors who have become involved in design/build electrical projects that include the design and installation of fire alarm systems. The reasons for the calls vary, but most are born of surprise and frustration.
By Oct. 18, 2013, all states in the United States must put in place a commercial building energy code at least as stringent as the ASHRAE/IES 90.1 2010 energy standard, according to a Department of Energy (DOE) ruling on Oct. 19, 2011.
Integrated project delivery (IPD) is defined by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in its 2007 “Integrated Project Delivery: A Guide” as a “project delivery approach that integrates people, systems, business structures and practices into a process that collaboratively harnesses the talents
Whether they like it or not, electrical contractors are becoming more involved in the completion of design plans and the specification of products than ever before. And this is not just a disciplinary exercise of assuming greater engineering responsibility.
Building information modeling (BIM) is a hot topic in the design/build community. It has the potential to dramatically improve performance in the design and construction industry and to increase value to owners.
I touched on the design/build work two years ago. I reviewed what I wrote, so I wouldn’t repeat myself (my editors hate that). What I said two years ago is relevant to what I’m about to discuss now. So after reading this column, read my June 2006 column, “Estimating Blind.”
In the beginning …
The design/build approach is one opportunity to find a level playing field in the construction industry. In it, a project’s destiny lies in combination with a contractor’s expertise and the cooperation of the entire construction team. Everyone shares the risk.
Before any building is built, influential owners, architects, and general and electrical contractors decide not just who will build it, but who will design it and how it will be constructed. Every contractor knows significant planning and design work lay the foundation for a successful project.
Building information modeling (BIM) moves building design out of the two-dimensional realm of computer-aided design (CAD) and greatly increases the construction team’s ability to control and manipulate data and information.