What is Design-Build?

According to the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), "Design-build is a method of project delivery in which one entity - the design-build team - works under a single contract with the project owner to provide design and construction services. One entity, one contract, one unified flow of work from initial concept through completion."

After delivering hundreds of design-build projects, Eclipse’s team of professionals are confident that this methodology, which integrates our architecture, engineering, interior design and construction management services, plus retail consulting if desired, into one agreement, provides the best opportunity for clients to achieve an optimum design, faster execution, higher quality of construction, and lower total program cost.

In fact, Pennsylvania State University conducted a study that showed the design-build method is typically faster and less costly, with higher owner satisfaction ratings, than the design-bid-build method.[1] Insurance figures also record fewer litigation claims on design-build projects.[2]

Some of the key benefits of our design-build program include:

  • Seamless Integration of Disciplines – Our integrated design-build program seamlessly incorporates the expertise of all design and construction disciplines, including branding, facility consulting, architecture, engineering, interior design, estimating, construction management and contract administration, into a single process with a single vision for the successful outcome of your program.
  • Single-Source of Responsibility - We take complete responsibility for all aspects of your building program, enabling you to maintain focus on your business and not on the numerous details of construction.
  • Cost Control and Guaranteed Budget – We provide preliminary estimates for the total cost of your program at no less than three points during the design of your facility. We then guarantee the cost of your program before you have spent a single dollar on construction. Ultimately you are able to maintain control of the cost of your program because we work with you throughout the design process to steer the cost of your project to meet your budget expectations while also achieving a successful design.
  • Lowest Total Program Cost – We pass on the very best fee schedule to you because of the inherent efficiencies of the design-build process. Our open book process also means that any savings created during construction will be shared with you. It is a win-win process that has the greatest capacity to lower your total program cost.

Please contact us to request a design-build proposal to meet your unique objectives or to learn more about our integrated design-build program.

[1] "Project Delivery Systems: CM at Risk, Design-Build, Design-Bid-Build". Construction Industry Institute Research Report: 133–11. April 1998.

[2] “What is Design-Build? The Design-Build Advantage”. Design-Build Institute of America: