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- To: "'seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org'" <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
- Subject: RE: Design Build / GC-CM
- From: Harold Sprague <harold.sprague(--nospam--at)neenan.com>
- Date: Thu, 8 Oct 1998 11:41:13 -0600
Jose, I take exception to your assertion that design-build is a rip off to clients. I worked for 10 years for Black & Veatch. I worked in all 3 of their major divisions. I agree that they are a quality organization, but they are still relatively new in the "build" aspect. I have also worked for smaller consulting engineering firms. I now work for The Neenan Company which is a design-build firm that focuses more on commercial and industrial work. The concept of design-build evolved here from construction (build) into architecture and now into engineering. It is not the one stop shopping that appealed to me, it is the quality of the organization, the integrity of the staff, and the concept of giving the owner more value. A design firm is not much different than a design-build firm in that the firm is a collection of individuals that provide a product and/or service to the best of their collective ability. The firm is only as good as its components. I feel quite confident that the buildings designed and built at my firm are of the best quality and the staff has the utmost integrity. The professional architects and engineers here are all ethical professionals responsive to the client. The freedom that the design-build firm uniquely enjoys is instant feedback from the builders that help the team build the best product that is responsive to all of the owner's needs (function, aesthetics, budget, safety, and schedule). It is not one stop shopping, it is one stop responsibility. We as a single entity are responsible for everything working and performing together, from the sealants to the foundations. Harold Sprague, P.E. The Neenan Company harold.sprague(--nospam--at)neenan.com -----Original Message----- From: Jose Diez [mailto:josediezpe(--nospam--at)hotmail.com] Sent: Wednesday, October 07, 1998 9:53 PM To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org Subject: Re: Design Build / GC-CM > Black & Veatch and Mitsubishi-Toyobo are two good design-builders that come to my mind. Most others obscure ones you find around town are trying to rip-off the client and the public in general. It is a shame that the US government or some branches are falling for that design-build story. Jose Diez P.E.
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