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The ICE Design - Build Process
Design-Build Process

Design Objective Implementation

Design - Build objectives are achieved through a series of specific procedures which have proven consistently successful with previous projects: Well-defined design schedule with set milestones, weekly updates, and pro-active recovery schedules as required. Incorporation of entire Design-Build group; owner, designers, construction management, subcontractors, and suppliers, at critical design development points to ensure design expectations & objectives are met. An experienced Design-Build team with established working relationships.

An Internet based file-sharing system for communicating all of the latest drawings, specifications, submittals, correspondence at real time updates and accountability. Provide constructability review & budget analysis at early schematic & design development stages with veteran project managers to insure continuity of design between all trade disciplines and design intentions. Perform life cycle analysis including expansion capabilities and maintenance needs for the future.

Design - Build Quality Control

ICE recognizes the need for a specific quality control process to regulate Design-Build projects. Since a traditional independent third-party review is not available to utilize, such as an Architect or Construction Manager administering the design and construction states respectively, quality control responsibilities lie with the Design-Build team incorporating valuable input from the client.

Once the client awards a contract to ICE, the Design-Build team first identifies all the project management requirements. An exhaustive checklist is used to cover topics critical to the technical specifications such as constructability, aesthetics, and other client expectations.

The preceding chart has a set of steps marked as the Design QC Loop. These steps will insure the design to be counter-checked against constructability and budget until all objectives are met. It is this process of iteration which helps flush out any flaws in the design development that could lead to problems at a later stage.

Constructability will go further than just addressing whether a component can be built efficiently; it will also address interferences with other building components, interferences with existing building structures, and with other client imposed restrictions and construction codes. Typically, the source of most change orders on projects is the lack of proper integration of the proposed and existing systems. In order to avoid this, teams comprised of design and construction personnel, along with all appropriate subcontractors and equipment suppliers, are asked to conduct several rounds of field investigations and meetings to flush out any problems.

We feel that a realistic budget is critical to quality design and construction. Design programs having insufficient monies for proper investigations, tests, and analyses could affect quality both at the design and construction stages. Therefore, we endeavor to weigh the budget as a critical factor to the success of the project and the quality to be achieved. Any shortcomings will be communicated to the Client as soon as possible.

With regard to the mechanics of the process itself, ICE utilizes checklists, iterative steps of review for constructability, and Client approval to arrive at a quality design.

In a Design-Build project situation the construction quality control process is enhanced early on in the design philosophy by assumptions and other factors that are not normally available when a third party prepares the design and drawings. Readily available information such as this leads to a more thorough understanding of design and quality issues.