The design-assist model, if done in a way where scope and responsibility are not clearly communicated and outlined in the project’s initial stages, can blend far too many gray areas across traditional boundaries. Often times, this leads to an unsuccessful experience for one or several of the project team members. Expectations and value are best described by the owner and identified in the format of a contract that is clear and concise.
An excellent product at a low cost is every consumer’s dream; and for most owners ready to create a program for their upcoming construction project, the desire is often the same. Packaging a world-class design firm together with the most cost competitive construction contractors sounds like the perfect recipe for a successful project. So, why does this not always produce the outcome that owners, architects, engineers, and contractors often desire? Oftentimes, it has a lot to do with the contracting methods that are used and how they encourage or discourage collaboration. Moreover, the risks that each of the different team players will be asked to take on are not always correctly identified.