Building Better Retail Spaces: Reducing Costs With Design-Build

When it comes to designing and building retail locations in today’s market, cost is among the most important considerations.

However, that doesn’t mean you should cut corners or buy the cheapest materials available. 

There’s a much better way to save money, eliminate unnecessary costs, and keep your project on time and within budget. That’s where design-build comes into play.

A Holistic Approach to Designing & Building Retail Locations 

So, what exactly is Design-Build and why does it matter? Design-build is a project delivery method that can help significantly reduce the costs associated with designing and constructing your next retail project. 

This approach combines the design and construction phases of a project into a single contract, with one team responsible for both aspects. This streamlined approach can help reduce costs by eliminating redundancies and delays that can arise when using separate design and construction teams.

The Benefits of Value Engineering in Design-Build

Another way that design-build can help lower costs is through value engineering. Value engineering is a process in which the design-builder looks for ways to reduce costs without compromising the integrity or quality of the project. This can include exploring alternative materials or construction methods, as well as identifying areas where savings can be achieved without sacrificing the overall design or functionality of the space.

Eliminating Unnecessary Costs with Seasoned Design-Builders 

The sooner a design-builder gets involved in the process, the more they can help. Take something like an HVAC, or rooftop unit, for example. Brokers are tempted to include HVAC as part of the tenant agreement. If you go that route, you could have an HVAC unit sitting on your roof for months. 

That blurs the line between a cold, dark shell and an up-fitted building, and that’s going to cause some serious headaches. Not to mention, the HVACs warranty could expire before it’s even used. 

How do you solve the problem? 

It’s easy. Just give them the balance towards it. It’s ultimately the same price, but it can save you a fortune. Those are the types of things we look at for every one of our clients — especially in the retail space. You simply can’t afford the status quo. 

Additional Benefits Design-Build Offers the Retail Industry

Single point of contact: There’s no need to manage separate contracts, timelines, and budgets for the design and construction phases, streamlining the process and reducing the risk of miscommunication and delays.

Faster project completion: Because design and construction happen concurrently, design-build can help you complete your project faster. This is especially important in retail, where time-to-market can be critical to success.

Increased collaboration: All teams work together as a cohesive unit, fostering increased collaboration and communication. This can help ensure that your project is completed to your satisfaction, with all of your business's needs and objectives in mind.

Improved quality: With design-build, the design-builder is responsible for the entire project, from start to finish. This means that the design-builder has a vested interest in delivering a high-quality project that meets your business's needs and exceeds your expectations.

Why Choose Metrolina Builders? 

We’re committed to delivering projects on time and within budget — and we always give 110% to our clients. Our team works closely with our partners to understand their needs and goals, and we prioritize clear communication throughout the project. 

By working together from the beginning, we can ensure that the project stays on track and that our clients leave a legacy that will last a lifetime. 

Want to learn more? Reach out today! 

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