nonzero\architecture, including its studio bau:ton division, offers complete integrated design/build services through its closely affiliated partner Greeniron Constructs, Inc.

The integrated architect-led design/build approach offers clear advantages to interested owners, by addressing both the intrinsic problems with the traditional design-bid-build process and with the common contractor-led design/build approach.

Owner’s can decide to engage our design/builder as the single source-entity at the start of a project, with our architects exclusively providing the design services. Alternately, a traditional design process can first be initiated with the architects and the decision to engage the affiliated builder can happen at a later time.

In either case, entrusting a project to our comprehensive design/build team limits the time and effort required of the client and the range of entities necessary to contract with.  It allows busy owners to focus on their core activities, and to rest assured that their project is being handled in the most professional way possible while reducing their risk and exposure.

With the architect in charge of the construction process, tighter controls over all aspects of the project are possible, from the preservation of the design intention to a close adherence to a budget and construction schedule. A very old approach to architecture and construction that had been neglected for a number of years, architect-led design/build is making a comeback with a growing number of successful practitioners and clients.

Some of the main advantages of architect-led design/build project delivery are:

  • Single-source responsibility
  • Earlier and more accurate budgeting and cost control
  • Fixed construction cost or Guaranteed Maximum Price after schematic design
  • Earlier and more accurate scheduling and shortened design and construction time
  • Team-based collaboration with a non-confrontational relationship between architects and contractors, resulting in a reduced chance of claims or litigation
  • Complete continuity throughout the process, resulting in better preservation of the design intent
  • High level of quality control with the architect in charge of the construction while representing the owner’s interests
  • More direct communication and fewer involved parties
  • Complete integration of design, construction and technical infrastructure.

Design/build project delivery works for smaller as well as for large and highly complex projects. Furnishings, technical systems integration, equipment specification, purchasing and installation can be included in the package if required on any given project.