Mitchell Associates Architects has worked with Key Builders for more than ten years on design-build commercial and industrial construction projects.
A: Through a CECO building representative. He basically put the two of us together. I was looking for someone in need of an architect who does design-build construction work. That is mostly what we do together is design-build construction.
A: At the end of the day, design-build construction is the way to do things. Design-build streamlines the project, establishes construction project costs up-front, and helps meet the expectations of the client.
When it comes to design-bid-build, the client may actually go with the low bid, but then it may not be the lowest once construction is complete. But with design-build, we’re all working as a team with an overall budget and defined expectations from the beginning.
A: It’s a great relationship that we have. I feel comfortable working with Key Builders, rather than working with a contractor on a bid-basis, because I know we’ll be working together to get the project built as a team. That’s what I enjoy the most.
A: The problem with price and other firms is that the initial price and the final price are often not the same because of change orders. But with Key Builders, there are no surprises. The price needs to be refined during the decision-making process to ensure an “accurate” number. This is possible in a design-build scenario, as the design-builder or contractor is included from conception.
When Key Builders is involved, clients see what they’re paying for and they get what they pay for. With other firms, the owner may not know what they’re getting, they just know that it’s cheaper up-front. The approach Key Builders uses to present and provide cost and budget estimates is more cutting edge. When it comes to cost estimating and cost control, they are ahead of the curve.
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