Design Build

Design / Build: Our Niche is Your Savings


Our Design/Build approach saves money both in first costs and facility costs down the line.  That’s why we believe so strongly in the value of Design/Build.  The entire process is spearheaded by our team of engineers who excel at innovation and thrive on challenge.  In fact, innovation is our most important core competency and what sets us apart from our competition.  We’ve developed a process that streamlines the delivery of HVAC Design/Build projects across the country.

Design Build Versus Traditional Methods


Traditional construction and installation methods tend to rely on cookie-cutter solutions that have been used in the past. New buildings are simply outfitted with old solutions instead of being optimized with customized solutions. The result is a functional system that has been installed with little regard to cost or efficiency. While the HVAC system may heat and cool when necessary, it won’t provide the same level of performance that can be achieved through the design and build approach.

In some ways, design build construction is simply a commonsense approach to designing, fabricating and installing a sophisticated HVAC system that will cost less than traditional methods. Our engineers use building information modeling (BIM) and 3D modeling to make accurate plans that take into account the exact specifications and requirements of each building when designing an HVAC system. Investing time in this planning process eliminates any problems during the construction process and avoids mistakes that can result in extra, unexpected costs.


Design Build Contracting Services NDBS Specialize In


  • Design review & constructability 
  • Equipment comparison  
  • Budgeting  
  • Estimating  
  • Scheduling input 

  • CAD/Line drawings 
  • BIM 
  • Life cycle analysis
  • Major equipment purchasing

NDBS: More Than a Consulting Engineering Firm


Our Design/Build approach means that we are solely responsible for design and construction, which reduces our customer’s risk. By developing an initial scope and budget to meet the owner’s requirements, NDBS eliminates unknown variables that can quickly derail the project. We employ the latest CAD design techniques, including virtual design and true coordination (3D and BIM). The ability to actively lead coordination efforts along with other construction disciplines such as electrical, plumbing, and fire protection, sets us apart from other commercial mechanical Design/Build firms by reducing field construction conflicts.

The National Design Build Services Value Proposition:


  • Singular Responsibility
  • Quality
  • Reduced Administrative Burden
  • Early Knowledge of Firm Costs
  • Improved Risk Management
  • Design completed in-house by licensed engineers
  • Cost savings through value engineering and direct cost comparisons to past projects
  • Expedited schedule for early project completion
  • Engineered design strategies to fit owner’s budget
  • Fully coordinated project utilizing BIM from design through construction

About the Design Build Approach


Design/Build is a rapidly growing construction method and for many reasons. When contractors use the design build process they save valuable time and money by working smarter, not harder. Design/Build lets us deliver a top-quality installation that is specifically tailored to the owner’s requirements, replacing the traditional plan and spec method of construction. The efficiencies created by this process reduce cost by up to 12% and total project delivery time is reduced by as much as 33%.

Formed in 1993, The Design/Build Institute of America (DBIA) is an organization that defines, teaches and promotes sound practices in Design/Build (DB).  DBIA promotes the value of DB project delivery and teaches the effective integration of design and construction services to ensure success for owners and design and construction practitioners. It also advocates for and enhances the proper utilization of the Design/Build method of procurement and contracting. The organization’s membership is composed of design and construction industry professionals, as well as project owners.

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 – thereby re-integrating the roles of designer and constructor. Design/Build is an alternative to the traditional design-bid-build project delivery method. Under the latter approach, design and construction services are split into separate entities, separate contracts, separate work.


Over the past 15 years, the use of Design/Build has rapidly accelerated in the United States, making this delivery method one of the most significant trends in design and construction today.


design build project delivery market share

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Design Build Contractual Relationship


Streamlining project delivery through a single contract between the owner and the Design/Build team transforms the relationship between designers and builders into a partnership, which fosters collaboration and teamwork. United from the outset of every project, an integrated team readily works to successfully complete a project faster, more cost effectively and with fewer change orders.

design build contractual relationship

Reduce Construction Risk, Cost and Design


Design / Build places the responsibility for design errors and omissions on the Design/Builder, relieving the owner of major legal and managerial responsibilities. The burden of these costs and associated risks are transferred to the Design/Build team. The cost, schedule reduction and decreased litigation associated with DB project delivery have been demonstrated consistently through years of successful projects. In fact, a benchmarking and claims study by Victor O. Schinnerer, one of the world’s largest firms underwriting professional liability and specialty insurance programs, found that from 1995-2004, only 1.3% of construction claims were made against DB contractors. The Design/Build approach allows owners to more confidently tackle projects without having to worry about unexpected costs.

Advantages of Design Build Construction


Work closely with an integrated team of experts who are led by a project manager. When you partner with design build firms you don’t have to worry about hiring separate design, installation and maintenance teams. All your needs are covered under one contract and our team will be with you throughout the entire project. Our extensive pre-construction planning process is designed to set each project up for success and we will continue to monitor progress throughout the construction process and make any adjustments as necessary.

Customized solutions that are specially designed for your building. BIM technology means that we can view precise measurements of every aspect of our building and design a system that not only fits your space, but also all your heating and cooling needs. This allows us to utilize every inch of your building.

Faster turnaround times. With our expert engineers and advanced technology, we can quickly design customized HVAC systems and streamline the installation and construction process. With a systematic approach to design and construction, we are able to offer fast turnaround times that will help keep your project ahead of schedule.

Peace of mind. For any project owner, the construction process can be a stressful time. There is a lot of time and money invested and even small mistakes can cause costly delays. When you take advantage of NDBS’ design and build services, you can feel confident from the start that you have a solid plan in place. From there, the project manager will work to ensure success so that you can feel comfortable turning your project over to our team.

More cost effective solutions from start to finish. Design and build construction services actively weigh the relationship between cost and function so that the most cost effective solutions are implemented throughout the building. Smarter construction also results in more efficient systems that will reduce operational costs so that you will continue to experience savings for years to come.

Conscientious building with an eye towards the future. At NDBS, we work with our clients and internationally recognized organizations to provide environmentally friendly solutions that work to conserve resources and create buildings that support the health of both people and the environment.

Healthy, comfortable work environments that protect products and increase productivity. Whether you need highly sensitive humidity control to protect valuable inventory or you want to provide the cleanest and healthiest environment for your workers, our design build contractors can provide sophisticated solutions that support all your needs.

Communication and Collaboration


All construction projects involve several different teams working with designers, owners and builders to ensure that all the working parts come together to form one cohesive building. This requires clear communication and collaboration throughout each step of the process. At NDBS, we use the latest tools and technology to coordinate important players. Plans are updated in real-time as certain aspects of the project are completed and updates are available to all so that everyone is on the same page throughout the project. Smooth communication and collaboration helps to avoid installation issues.

A Commitment to Progress


As leaders in our field, NDBS is committed to staying on top of trends and advances in technology so that we can always offer our clients access to the latest solutions. Our experts are constantly working to sharpen their skills and help push the entire industry forward. We will continue to look for new and innovative ways to improve the design and build process and offer our clients more efficient and cost effective solutions. It is about more than just getting the job done. We want to make sure that we get the job done as well as possible, which keeps us pushing for new and better ways to approach the design and build process.

Experience the Design and Build Difference


If you are ready to get started on your construction project, contact us today. NDBS works throughout the United States to provide the absolute best in HVAC solutions. Start with an advanced BIM model of your building and HVAC system and enjoy a smooth construction process. Your project manager will be on-site and ready to offer support and guidance throughout the project. With the help of communication and collaboration technology, all the necessary teams will be able to coordinate and complete your project on time and on budget. Save time and money and enjoy the best in design and build services when you partner with NDBS.