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10 Advantages of Architect-Led Design-Build

Ten Penny Construction teams with Gontram Architecture to deliver commercial projects via the Design-Build process.  Our unique process of architect-led design-build makes our Clients’ lives simpler by providing design and construction from a single source. The fact that we are architects and contractors gives our clients the distinct advantage of early budget confirmation, and the virtual elimination of surprises, delays, change orders, and cost overruns.

In the traditional Design-Bid-Build process, clients hire an Architect, who then designs the dream project for the Client.  It is then put out to bid to multiple general contractors, who provide a price, that may or may not be within the project budget, but is guaranteed to be ripe with potential change orders, surprises, and budget busters in the end.  It is a contentious process that puts the Owner between the design team and the construction team if a conflict arises, with multiple parties pointing fingers at each other.

In the Architect-led Design-Build process, everything is provided to the Owner thru a single-source, team approach.  The Architect and General Contractor work together from Day One to provide a successful project, within an initial budget, within the time allotted, and with no surprises.  And with a single source for design and construction, the owner doesn’t need to worry about playing referee.

At Ten Penny Construction, we make the complicated and stressful process of commercial design and construction predictable, economical, and enjoyable.  We’d like to help you with your project!  You can find out more about our process by downloading our FREE GUIDE.

AECOM/URS/NCTA – Weeks 06-07

Work at the North Carolina Turnpike Authority’s toll operations continues to progress. Sheetrock finishing is underway.  HVAC rough-in is complete, and electrical work overhead is almost finished.  Prime paint and ceiling grid work is expected before Christmas.

This project is due to be complete by late January, 2018. So far, so good.

This project is being provided to the Owner via the Architect-led Design-Build process with Gontram Architecture.

Bone & Joint Surgery Clinic – Week 8-9

Work on the new Bone & Joint Surgery Clinic continues!

Tremendous progress has been made in the last 2 weeks on the orthopedic clinic, as designed by Gontram Architecture.  Sheetrock finishing has wrapped up, walls have been prime painted, ceiling grid is being installed, HVAC rough-in nears completion, and new LED lighting is about to be installed.

This project is due to be complete by mid January, 2018. So far, so good.

This project is being provided to the Owner via the Architect-led Design-Build process with Gontram Architecture.

Wake Spine – Week 8-9

Construction on the Wake Spine project continues at a furious clip.

Progress continues at the new medical office fitup, as designed by Gontram Architecture.  Prime paint is complete.  Ceiling grid has been installed. HVAC distribution is complete to the grid. And, new LED light fixtures are installed and burning.

This project is due to be complete by mid January, 2018. So far, so good.

This project is being provided to the Owner via the Architect-led Design-Build process with Gontram Architecture.

Wake Spine – Week 7

The 7th week of construction on the Wake Spine project picked up after the Thanksgiving holiday.

Tremendous progress continues at the new medical office fitup, as designed by Gontram Architecture.  Sheetrock finishing, HVAC rough-in, and electrical work overhead continued this week.  Ceramic tile installation began in the restrooms.  Prime paint was put on the walls and door frames.

This project is due to be complete by mid January, 2018. So far, so good.

This project is being provided to the Owner via the Architect-led Design-Build process with Gontram Architecture.

Bone & Joint Surgery Clinic – Week 7

The 7th week of construction picked up after the Thanksgiving holiday.

Tremendous progress continues at the new Bone & Joint Surgery Clinic, as designed by Gontram Architecture.  Sheetrock finishing, HVAC rough-in, and electrical work overhead continued this week.  The X-ray suite was further refined with the wall electrical work.

This project is due to be complete by mid January, 2018. So far, so good.

This project is being provided to the Owner via the Architect-led Design-Build process with Gontram Architecture.

AECOM/URS/NCTA – Week 05

No crazy, shoddy, prior-construction nightmares to report this week, at least not noteworthy enough to include here.

We are plugging away at the new call center facility for the North Carolina Turnpike Authority’s toll operations. Sheetrock hanging, HVAC rough-in, and electrical work overhead continued this week.  Concrete was also patched back.

This project is due to be complete by late January, 2018. So far, so good.

This project is being provided to the Owner via the Architect-led Design-Build process with Gontram Architecture.

Wake Spine Clinic – Week 6

We are plugging away at the new Wake Spine Clinic, as designed by Gontram Architecture.  Sheetrock finishing, HVAC rough-in, and electrical work overhead continued this week.

This project is due to be complete by early January, 2018. So far, so good.

This project is being provided to the Owner via the Architect-led Design-Build process with Gontram Architecture.

Bone & Joint Surgery Clinic – Week 6

A holiday week is always tough to get things accomplished.  Thanksgiving is not just a one day holiday, either (even though it is just one day on the calendar).  Workers (and Inspectors, especially) like to roll that into a 5-day weekend, turning one lost day into 3.

Regardless, we are plugging away at the new Bone & Joint Surgery Clinic, as designed by Gontram Architecture.  Sheetrock finishing, HVAC rough-in, and electrical work overhead continued this week.

This project is due to be complete by early January, 2018. So far, so good.

This project is being provided to the Owner via the Architect-led Design-Build process with Gontram Architecture.

AECOM/URS/NCTA – Week 04

During a renovation project, we get to see a LOT of crazy stuff.  This project is no different.  Last week, we accidentally discovered an uncapped cleanout from the original project.  It was left open (no cleanout cover), stuffed with plastic sheeting, covered over with concrete, and a wall was built on top of it.

We discovered it when we attempted to patch the concrete “divot” after the wall was removed during demolition. The concrete actually pushed the “plug” further down the pipe. By the time the worker realized it was a pipe, too much concrete had been put into the pipe and the whole assembly had to be cut out and replaced (oops).

Regardless, we are plugging away at the new call center facility for the North Carolina Turnpike Authority’s toll operations. Sheetrock hanging, HVAC rough-in, and electrical work overhead continued this week.

This project is due to be complete by late January, 2018. So far, so good.

This project is being provided to the Owner via the Architect-led Design-Build process with Gontram Architecture.

AECOM/URS/NCTA – Week 3

Construction entered the 3rd week of the expansion of the AECOM/URS call center space in Morrisville, NC.

With Demolition complete, wall framing is well underway.  Previously installed concrete trenches that were not properly doweled in to the surrounding slab had settled over the years.  They have been removed.  Some soft soils around some old plumbing pipes appear to be the cause of the settlement, so that is being repaired.

Mechanical, electrical and plumbing rough-in are all underway.

The expanded office space will add much needed seats in the company’s call center space as more toll roads come online in North Carolina.

The project is being delivered via the Architect-led Design-Build process with Gontram Architecture.

Construction is scheduled to be complete in early 2018.

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