Brandon Dekker
Brandon Dekker
October 29, 2020

Progressive Design-Build for Community Colleges

Brandon Dekker
Brandon Dekker

Progressive Design-Build is a project delivery method that breeds collaboration, guarantees cost and schedule, and delivers better project outcomes. This article explores the many benefits of progressive design-build and how it can help community colleges design and build new facilities in a more collaborative and predictable way for better project results.

Community colleges are integral to the American education system and economy. They prepare millions of students for in-demand careers, train displaced workers, provide affordable education and serve as a gateway to four-year universities.

But just like everything, community colleges have their fair share of challenges that have been exacerbated amid COVID-19. One of the bigger challenges is the ongoing need to evolve dated campuses to meet student and industry demand—and—to do so with very limited funding and resources. In fact, you would be hard-pressed to find another industry that is expected to accomplish so much with so limited resources as community colleges.

Recognizing many infrastructure improvements cannot be delayed even amid COVID-19, community college facility teams are looking for architecture and construction partners that are highly resourceful, innovative and able to design and deliver cost-effective solutions without budget or schedule surprises. Based on our experience working with learning institutions across the country, we have found that the progressive design-build model is an extremely effective delivery platform for doing exactly that.

The Design-Build Institute of America reports that progressive design-build is 102 percent faster than traditional design-bid-build.

Learn more about how progressive design-build can help community colleges control scope, budget and schedule while working collaboratively with the most qualified teams.

Download our article today.

Pictured: The new Fitness Center at San Diego Community College District’s Mesa College Campus. We were the architect on the progressive design-build team for the new $11.4 million building.