| Richard Barr and Company provides services for its clients under three basic
Design Bid (Traditional)
In the Design Bid delivery procedure, the Owner commissions the Architect to design
the desired facility and produce the “Contract Documents” to be used. One or more
construction companies bid or negotiate to obtain the right to provide construction
services. The advantage is believed to be a competitive approach to obtaining a
construction price. However, most bid procedures end up in a negotiated format.
The Architect continues through construction as the Owner’s Observer to ensure the
contractor’s compliance with the design intent. Under this procedure, the Architect
requires the Owner to pre-qualify three to five contractors for bid consideration. The
purpose of pre-qualification is to lessen the possibility of an antagonistic relationship
between the Owner’s selected Architect and bid chosen Contractor.
The Partnership delivery procedure allows the client all the safeguards of traditional
design bid services while allowing Owner and Architect to build a team towards a
common goal of program and budget. The team is completed with the addition of the
Contractor based on their compatibility with the Owner’s program, budget goals and
Design/Build provides one contact point for the owner, and typically these projects
are budget driven. This process of delivery links the Architect and Contractor
together. Architect led contracts will deliver projects with emphasis on quality and
the Owner’s program. Contractor led contracts will emphasize the budget as the
bottom line at the expense of quality and program.