We believe in collaboration. The design-assist project delivery methodology turns the traditional process into an innovative process rooted in early engagement and teamwork. Long gone are the days of construction teams working in isolation or creating adversarial relationships. We work in a team, ideally including the owner, architect, general contractor, structural engineer, steel fabricator, steel detailer and steel erector. An effective design-assist team operates with open communication, respect and a free exchange of information to be successful. This can help to resolve design issues in the early design phase of a project instead of in the field where the stakes of time and cost are much higher. Fewer change orders, RFI’s and other issues with the plans and specifications are the desired result.
It sounds basic, but when everyone checks their egos at the door and readily shares their expertise, the process allows the team to select the best structural steel solution for the project. This level of communication also spurs innovative ideas that, in the end, control costs, saves our clients money, time and ultimately produces a superior product.