Design Assist

Proactive Design Team Engagement

Early collaboration:

Early Collaboration:

Engaging with the design team during the design phase to provide input and guidance.

Constructability review:

Constructability Review:

Analyzing design documents and providing feedback to optimize project execution and efficiency.

Cost and schedule optimization:

Cost and Scheduling:

Developing accurate cost estimates and project schedules to effectively manage resources and timelines.

Value engineering:

Value Engineering:

Identifying opportunities for alternative solutions and materials to optimize cost, quality, and performance.

Risk Mitigation:

Collaborating with the design team to identify and address potential risks and challenges.

Subcontractor and Supplier Coordination:

Involving subcontractors and suppliers early in the design phase to identify cost savings, efficiencies, and innovative solutions.

Enhanced Communication and Coordination:

Fostering a collaborative environment and promoting open communication between design and construction teams.

Problem-Solving:

Identifying and addressing potential issues during the design phase to minimize costly changes and delays during construction.

Seamless Transition to Construction:

Ensuring a smooth handover from design to construction by maintaining established relationships and knowledge.

Client Satisfaction:

Delivering projects that meet or exceed client expectations in terms of cost, quality, and schedule performance through a design-assist approach.

Our Process

ASI General Contractors’ design-assist approach begins with the design team, architects and, engineers from the project’s early stages.

Establish clear objectives:

Establish Clear Objectives:

ASI works with the client and design team to understand the project goals, requirements, and constraints.

Assemble the team:

Assemble the Team:

ASI brings together experienced professionals, including project managers, estimators, and construction experts, for the design-assist process.

Early involvement:

Early Involvement:

ASI engages with the design team during the design phase, attending design meetings, and providing input on constructability, materials, systems, and construction methods.

Review and analyze design documents:

Review and Analyze Design Documents:

ASI reviews and analyze design documents at various stages, providing feedback and suggestions to improve constructability, cost-efficiency, and project scheduling.

Value engineering:

Value Engineering:

ASI provides valuable insights into alternative solutions and materials that optimizes project cost, quality, and performance, offering clients better overall value.

Develop preliminary schedules & cost estimates:

Develop Preliminary Schedules & Cost Estimates:

ASI works closely with the design team to develop preliminary construction schedules and cost estimates, identifying potential risks and opportunities for improvement.

Coordinate with subcontractors & suppliers:

Coordinate with Subcontractors & Suppliers:

ASI engages with subcontractors and suppliers during the design phase, obtaining their input and expertise to optimize the design and identify potential cost savings or efficiencies.

Collaborative problem-solving:

Collaborative Problem-Solving:

ASI seamlessly transitions to address any potential issues, providing proactive solutions and minimizing the likelihood of costly changes during construction.

Maintain open communication:

Maintain Open Communication:

 ASI fosters a collaborative environment with open communication between all parties, ensuring smooth coordination and timely decision-making.

Transition to construction:

Transition to Construction:

Once the design phase is complete, ASI seamlessly transitions into the construction phase, leveraging the knowledge and relationships built during the design-assist process to ensure a successful project outcome.

Value & Benefits

When engaged in a design-assist project, ASI General Contractors bring substantial value and benefits to the project by leveraging their experience and expertise in construction. Here are some of ASI’s key advantages of design assist:
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ASI General Contractors has extensive knowledge of construction methods, materials, and systems, which can be invaluable in informing design decisions and enhancing the overall project outcome.

Expertise:

ASI General Contractors have extensive knowledge of construction methods, materials, and systems, which can be invaluable in informing design decisions and enhancing the overall project outcome.

Enhanced Communication and Coordination:

ASI fosters better communication between design and construction teams, streamlining the construction process, reducing potential conflicts, and promoting a collaborative working environment.

Value Engineering:

ASI provides valuable insights into alternative solutions and materials that optimizes project cost, quality, and performance, offering clients better overall value.

Client Satisfaction:

ASI’s commitment to collaboration, communication, and problem-solving in design-assist projects leads to higher client satisfaction by delivering projects that meet or exceed expectations in terms of cost, quality, and schedule performance.

Cost and Schedule Optimization:

ASI’s early involvement in the design phase leads to potential cost savings, more accurate cost estimates, and improved scheduling, ensuring better project management and resource allocation.

Early Problem-Solving:

ASI’s proactive approach to identifying and addressing potential issues during the design phase helps minimize costly changes and delays during construction, contributing to overall project success.

Subcontractor and Supplier Coordination:

ASI’s relationships with subcontractors and suppliers helps identify potential cost savings, efficiencies, and innovative solutions while promoting better coordination during the construction phase.

Improved Constructability:

 ASI’s input during the design phase helps optimize the design for better execution and efficiency during the construction process, minimizing issues that may arise from constructability concerns.

Improved constructability:

 ASI’s input during the design phase helps optimize the design for better execution and efficiency during the construction process, minimizing issues that may arise from constructability concerns.

Risk Mitigation:

ASI’s early collaboration with the design team helps identify and address potential risks, resulting in a more predictable construction process and a reduction in potential disputes or claims.

Seamless Transition to Construction:

ASI’s involvement in the design-assist process helps establish strong relationships between design and construction teams, leading to a smoother transition to the construction phase and increasing the likelihood of project success.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR DESIGN ASSIST SERVICES

What is Design-Assist?
Design-assist is a process where specialty subcontractors provide input during the design process to encourage efficiencies in construction and the final structure, often leading to cost savings and a more functional structure.
How Does Design-Assist Differ from Traditional Construction?
In traditional construction, subcontractors are separate from the design process, often leading to delays and increased costs due to inefficient communication. Design-assist involves subcontractors early on for collaboration, increasing efficiency and reducing delays and costs.
What Are the Benefits of Design-Assist?
Benefits include early collaboration leading to efficiency, cost-effectiveness, enhanced design quality, better cost control, risk mitigation, streamlined construction, improved communication, and responsiveness to changes.
What Are the Potential Pitfalls?
Potential issues include unclear shifting of risk, higher prices, added costs, lengthier design phase, subcontractor management, and design liability concerns.
How Is the Contract Structured in Design-Assist?
Contracts are often cost-plus with a guaranteed maximum price, as the design is not fully developed at the contracting stage. The design-assist contract documents are critical, outlining collaboration and communication strategies, project aspects involving design-assist services, and the roles and responsibilities of each party.
When Should Subcontractors Be Selected in the Process?
Subcontractors should be selected before the design reaches a level of completion where significant changes would delay the project or increase the budget. This timing varies based on the project’s schedule and phases.
How Does the Design-Assist Process Work?
The process involves a clear plan of collaboration, defining team roles and responsibilities, software requirements, and transition points for staffing and coordination. It ensures efficient decision-making and communication among all parties.
Who Is Responsible for Sealing the Documents?
After the transition, the design team typically maintains responsibility for major system and assembly design decisions, ultimately taking responsibility for the design by sealing the documents for permit application.