In today's market, many electrical contractors choose design-build as their project delivery method, and they have solid reasons for doing so. “Essentially you separate yourself from your competition,” said Jim Mackey, president of Evergreen Power Systems, Seattle.
Fast-track project schedules, along with economic and competitive pressures, are forcing everyone in the construction industry to find ways to streamline the process. In some circumstances, this includes having electrical contractors specify the necessary products.
Home of the NCAA Division I football and basketball Orangemen and the country’s fifth-largest indoor stadium, Syracuse University’s Carrier Dome has been a pressing concern for school officials for several years. The concern comes with good reason.
Unusual circumstances affected the planning for the new Omaha JATC facility. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 22 and National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) Nebraska chapter shared a building and were looking for more space together.
“We’ve always done design-build. Everybody’s done it. A customer calls you up and says, ‘We want to do this.’ They are usually doing remodels. That’s how it starts. Now we do complete projects, out of the ground. It’s a lucrative, competitive priced method that is fair to all,” said Jeffrey L.
The electrical contracting industry's focus is shifting and expanding rapidly. Design-build jobs are making up a greater portion of industry projects and more electrical contractors are working in the installation of information transport systems (ITS).
According to the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), “Design--Build is a process that has been embraced by the world's great civilizations. In ancient Mesopotamia, the Code of Hammurabi (1,800 BC) fixed absolute accountability upon master builders for both design and construction.
According to the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) “Design-Build is a process that has been embraced by the world's great civilizations. In ancient Mesopotamia, the Code of Hammurabi (1,800 BC) fixed absolute accountability upon master builders for both design and construction.
In March 2001, the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to a pre-qualified list of design-build general contractors to manage the construction project for a new federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind. The 598,000-square-foot U.S.
“Tighter construction deadlines often push contractors to work around the clock,” said Mark Conrardy, sales engineering manager for the Wacker Corp. “Light towers allow work to continue after dark and permit personnel to work more safely at night.
Design/build has been with us for thousands of years––probably since the 15th-century Incas built their great empires in Peru. As meticulous workers who knew how to build structures that would last an eternity, they worked as a unified team to deliver impenetrable fortresses.
Some say design/build practices date back 5,000 years, when they were used in Mesopotamia and to construct the Great Pyramids. Though design/build’s roots do go back a ways, linking today’s contractors and the pharaohs’ master builders is entertaining but not much help.
Finding the right team is only the first step The popularity of design-build as a project delivery system continues to grow in the United States as more and more owners embrace it. There are a variety of ways that your firm can become involved in this growing market.
Using design-build as a project delivery method allows the electrical contractor to provide early input into the construction process and gives the contractor more influence over what product types and brands go into a project.
Times have changed, and residential electrical contracting is changing too. Twenty years ago, Inland Electric Corp., opened its doors in Shorewood, Ill., and the once-small company is now one of the Chicago area’s leading residential contractors.