When designing a new building or workspace, many project owners consider an audiovisual and information technology (AV/IT) integration vendor after the designs are finalized by a separate vendor. Often times, these project owners wait even longer to assign AV/IT integration, even so far as after the building’s infrastructure is complete. Once an AV/IT provider begins working with the project owner to integrate a pre-designed technology solution, they are often challenged with space limitations, pre-conceived building aesthetics, wiring and network constraints, and incomplete designs. This process of dividing a project’s responsibilities to multiple vendors, called Design-Bid-Build, leads to inefficiencies, knowledge gaps, cut corners, and pointed fingers.
Conversely, project owners that take the Design-Build approach have a more streamlined, unified experience that brings their technology vision to life. In this approach, technology partners address the clients’ needs throughout the project’s lifecycle without engaging multiple vendors. With a single technology partner, project owners unify goals, objectives, and processes that ultimately provide measurable benefits.
Mechdyne takes the Design-Build approach one step further by incorporating Support. Our clients choose the Design-Build-Support model for three reasons:
1. Reduced Risk
Project owners significantly reduce risk by centralizing responsibility for the project outcome. In Mechdyne’s Design-Build-Support approach, our clients work with a single point-of-contact; all budget, timeline, functionality, technology, and quality concerns are addressed by one person regardless of the project phase, resulting in multiple benefits:
- The project manager eliminates the need to mediate between designer and integrator to assign responsibility.
- Clients who experience the Design-Build-Support approach comment that a single point-of-contact brings confidence and unification to the project.
2. Cost Control and Savings
A holistic approach directly reduces hours and materials, increasing overall project success. Designers consider facility implications, installation impact on daily workflows, existing technology integration, and solution onboarding. When project engineers optimize for installation, integration, and ongoing technology use during the design phase, clients experience:
- Reduced direct costs, project disruption, and downtime over the life of the solution
- Eliminated project costs due to unnecessary hours spent on fragmented ownership, duplication and rework, and passing project responsibilities.
With our Design-Build-Support approach, Mechdyne has maintained a record of 0.67 change orders per project, amounting to less than one percent increase in final costs over the expected budget.
3. Increased Quality
Project owners measure success in productivity, utilization levels, and end-user satisfaction. Committed technology partners plan for success by considering the end user’s workflows and needs in the technology design. When project owners and technology partners plan for empowered, confident, and knowledgeable users in their designs, the resulting technology solution results in increased utilization and longevity. All three benefits culminate in a more unified technology and building vision.
A significant portion of project costs are attributed to wasted material, poor planning, rework, avoidable collisions between multiple vendors, and materials handling as a result of the Design-Bid-Build approach. When AV/IT providers collaborate with construction managers to understand a building’s design, they can better develop a technology solution that will meet a client’s needs and goals. Project owners experience condensed schedules, significant costs savings, and high satisfaction levels.
AV/IT for New Commercial Construction