Pre-engineered design build projects are one way to quickly accomplish a building project and ensure that it is high quality. Here are some of the steps to look for in a design build process through a place like the Wheelwright Group.
The initial consultation may be between you and a structural engineer or architect. It will discuss the different needs of your project. For instance, what will be the occupancy levels and will you be using any demanding machinery on the premises? What are the constraints of your lot? Your design team should help you think through all of the possible situations that could affect how strong your structure needs to be. Finally, the budget is a big part of the initial consultation, since it's where the engineering team will decide whether they can meet all of your requirements while feasibly staying within your cost constraints. If not, they should help propose some modifications to your budget or your project goals at this time.
Presentation of Design Options
The design options will be presented rapidly to keep the project on schedule. They should include any structural constraints of your building as well as design touches, as included in your budget. The team should present several designs that meet your needs. They may be at a rougher stage, since the team will flesh out the details when you have chosen a final design direction.
Assembling a Team
Your project manager should assemble the team of architects, structural engineers, and construction managers who will work on the team. You may or may not need to be involved in the meetings to discuss details of the construction phase. If you have a project manager you can trust, you are free to leave the communication to your manager.
The construction will take up a good chunk of the project time. But you are saving time by hiring a firm who can do design and build; that means that they can manage the entire project and you don't need to get a construction team up to date yourself.
It is a good idea to occasionally stop by the construction site to make sure that the plans are going how you envisioned them. The earlier you can correct issues, the more money and time you will save by not having to correct big issues later into construction. Your construction manager will make sure the project conforms to building codes as well as the original design specs for a seamless project.