Design-build : how efficiencies affect quality in design

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Burt, John W.
Costello, Anthony J.
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Thesis (B. Arch.)
College of Architecture and Planning
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In modern day society, there is a misconception about Design-Build as a project delivery system. This misconception is that the quality of design must be sacrificed due to the constraints of time and/or money. In some cases it can be proven that this is true, but how and why, and can it be altered to improve the quality, instead of hinder it? In my thesis, I have studied previous design-build projects and pulled apart what about the designs were sacrificed and why. In studying their downfalls of design, I then recovered their benefits, whether it be time management, money, or other. These studies helped me in developing a design-build project for thesis. The benefits will be in quality, time efficiency, cost efficiency, material and site efficiency, etc...The project I have chosen to develop my thesis topic is a church and dedicated worship space for a small catholic community here in Muncie, IN. The parish of st. Francis of Assisi is located on the Northeast corner of New York and Riverside. Their current status is that of expansion, both of community and gathering space. This expansion could entail an addition to the existing building, or development of a new church.This type of delivery system-"Design - Build," has become very common with the private sector of religious spaces. Their funding comes solely from the community, so cost efficiency becomes a major issue. Also, because of such a close community, we find that most want to become a part of the building, be more involved by offering their assistance, especially in the construction. This contribution of community labor will help it the development of cost efficiency. Design-build is the most effective type of delivery system for this type of community project, and creates a number of issues to be addressed. The quality of design, cost effectiveness, and time management, will create cohesion of parts, to develop a well-managed building, from design to construction. Instead of one aspect of design-build hindering the other, a synergistic effect is achieved, and all aspects are positive.