The time is long passed when C-suite executives had the luxury to mull over decisions or gather in boardrooms to discuss a strategic construction initiative only to then adjourn and decide to pick up the discussion the following quarter. Literally, within that slight period of delay, a savvy competitor could enter the same new market, complete construction of a new facility, from the ground up, and already be open for business. Game over.
If this seems like an exaggeration, your eyes may be opened by the proven speed-to-market advantages of design-build solutions from Butler Manufacturing™. This process compresses design and construction timeframes to such an extent that it’s 30% to 40% faster than conventional construction, and in some best-case scenarios, even faster than that.
What does this mean for your business? The most obvious answer is that the sooner a new manufacturing plant, distribution hub, service center or retail facility can be built; the sooner it starts generating revenue and a return on investment. This, alone, may justify the speed of design-build construction. But there’s more to the story. Butler’s systems construction approach delivers many additional efficiencies and cost savings.
“…clients are increasingly unable and unwilling to accept the protracted schedule of conventional construction.” – Architectural Record, “Fast-track construction becomes the norm” by Barbara Knecht
Design-build beats conventional construction.
In conventional construction, you are dealing with a team of independent specialists – architect, engineers, contractor, subcontractors, and so on – who each have their own processes and time constraints. Because they are independent, much of their work is done separately.
In this very linear process, one vendor must often wait on another before they can do their part. When you add the time involved in drawing up and reviewing plans, bidding the project, and perhaps, re-drawing and re-bidding, plus building permit approvals, materials procurement, and lining up crews, a lot of precious time has been expended.