Electrical contractors who work with facility owners and the general contractors during the preconstruction and build process—especially for projects seeking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification—do their clients a great service.
Within the next year or so, design/build in electrical construction is expected to reach a tipping point where more than 50 percent of all projects (by revenue) will be completed using the design/build delivery method.
The implementation of design/build means more power and input for any given specialty contractor on the job site. It puts more responsibility on the contractor and also gives said contractor the opportunity to provide myriad services that extend beyond installation.
Most people regard design/build as one of the great equalizers in the construction and contracting world. It helps prevent low-balling the contract, since most decisions are made on a comprehensive skills basis.
As you well know, contractors no longer merely dropwire into a facility and call it a day. They have become the primary provider of all things related to electricity, power, communications, security and countless other systems-related work.
That design/build projects account for a growing percentage of major construction projects is a fact recognized by owners and managers of contracting companies. The Design-Build Institute of America estimates 40 percent of today’s construction projects take advantage of the design/build format.
Compete with your skills, not with your wallet: The design/build project delivery method continues to catch on, but many end-users don’t realize there are variations on the basic model; for example, high-performance contracting is considered one of the subsets of design/build and an offshoot of perf
In the realm of design/build, residential work has been the road less traveled, since the majority of electrical contractors have chosen to beat a path to the larger and more lucrative commercial/industrial/institutional (CII) projects of this kind, but that may be changing.
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The use of design/build as a project delivery system continues to grow in the United States. However, the adoption of design/build in the public sector has lagged the private sector since its rediscovery in the 1990s.
It’s hard to believe that electrical contractors still carry the “installer of product” stigma—especially when an ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR report indicates that design/build projects account for 46 percent of contractor revenue.