Experts with experience in this collaborative delivery method

Forell Elsesser has been actively involved in design/build projects since the early 1980’s. Our experience has ranged from the development of bridging documents, including design criteria, performance specifications, and bridging drawings, to working closely with general contractors from the start of design through construction.

In the traditional “design-bid-build” project delivery model, there is limited ability to exchange ideas with the contractor resulting in design solutions that are not fully optimized. The design-build delivery model integrates both the designers and contractors, typically under the direction of the general contractor which permits open communication between all parties early in the design process. This collaboration results in a design that is coordinated not just with the major building systems but also with the overall construction sequence and schedule.

Forell Elsesser continues to be actively involved in the design-build market. Our recent experience illustrates the significant value that can be added to a project by early collaboration between the owner, designers, and contractors. This value can be realized in collectively managing risk, improving quality, controlling costs, and accelerating time to market, all in a collaborative environment. Our design-build portfolio includes:

  • University of California, San Francisco, Wayne and Gladys Valley Center for Vision
  • University of California, San Francisco, Ray & Dagmar Dolby Regeneration Medicine Building
  • University of California, Davis, Teaching & Learning Complex
  • San Jose State University, Spartan Athletic Center
  • San Bernardino County, Emergency Operation Center
  • Department of General Services, Gregory Bateson Office Building
  • College of Marin, Miwok Aquatics Center
  • City of Millbrae, Recreation Center
  • Canada College, Kinesiology and Wellness Building
  • California State University, Sacramento The WELL Building
  • California State University, Monterey Bay, College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Building
  • California State University, Maritime Academy, Mayo Hall