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Design/Build is a method of project delivery in which one entity – the design/build team – works under a single contract with the project owner to provide design and construction services. One entity, one contract, one unified flow of work from initial concept through completion – thereby re-integrating the roles of designer and constructor. Design/build is also known as design/construct and single-source delivery. Across the country and around the world, design/build successfully delivers both horizontal and vertical construction projects with superior results – no matter what the project type! Design/build is an alternative to design-bid-build. Under the latter approach, design and construction services are split by separate entities, separate contracts, separate work. Design/build, design-bid-build and construction management are the three project delivery systems most commonly employed in North America today. Over the past 15 years, use of design/build has greatly accelerated in the United States, making this delivery method one of the most significant trends in design and construction today. One Contract, One Integrated Team: Design/build streamlines project delivery through a single contract between the owner and the design-build team. This simple but fundamental difference saves money and time by transforming the relationship between designers and builders in to an alliance which fosters collaboration and teamwork. United from the outset of every project, an integrated team readily incorporates BIM and LEED certification goals. (source article - http://www.dbiamar.org/about/what-is-design-build/)

Where should we go? How much land do we need? What type of land should we be looking for? How much will it cost? These are all questions asked by owners when considering the search for a new facility location. While the new Facility is naturally the primary piece of the planning that an owner is focused on; it is also imperative that the site is given equal attention. A hasty pursuit in acquiring a piece of property that appears and seems to be the best fit for your long term business planning can subsequently lead to long term complications. For example, you may find a piece of property that appears to be as flat as a piece of paper and conceivably the "best fit" for your business model. What lies beneath that "paper" could end up being what looks like a mogul hill on the side of a ski mountain. Silt and sandy soil, significant rock, former lakes, high water table, field tile, garbage and so on. These are all real items that have been found when preparing a site for new construction that have contributed to construction issues including present and long term associated costs. What lies beneath can lead to quality construction or long term complications with the potential to never go away. Conditions above the surface can also affect the viability of construction. Are there electrical lines, pipe lines or other utilities that are running through the site? How close are municipal utilities (water, sanitary and storm) to your

As we stated in our April 2015 newsletter, understanding the differences in construction delivery methods will benefit you in the planning of your project. In Faith Building, we give practical tools for a successful project that promotes unity, quality and keeping your ministry focused. Here is an excerpt from Faith Building: IN THE BEGINNING, the most frequently asked question by building and leadership teams tasked with building a project is: How do we start the process? Construction delivery is a subject that most people struggle to understand. This stands to reason as most people are not involved in designing or constructing buildings. This is a logical place to begin our discussion as you contemplate the multiple tasks involved in building a new facility or expanding an existing one. Certainly, there are steps that must be taken before the delivery process starts, such as planning and design, but a full understanding of the construction delivery methods is vital when making the decision of which method to use. We would love to talk with you about specific construction delivery methods. You can read in much more detail by purchasing Faith Building. To order your copy click here or give us a call at 855-672-4010.

God used Converge Cornerstone Fund and Professional Building Services (PBS) to revive Southfield Church's dream of building a new multi-purpose facility among the fields "white unto harvest" in the southwest suburbs of Chicago.   When God says, "it's time," get ready to be completely overwhelmed! Overwhelmed. That word keeps resonating from everyone watching Southfield Church's journey over the past 24 months. These song lyrics say it perfectly, "I hear the sound of Your voice, all at once it's a gentle and thundering noise, oh God, all that You are