Aspen’s Integrated Design-Build-Furnish Approach Blog Feature
Marcos Rodriguez

By: Marcos Rodriguez on July 02, 2021

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Aspen’s Integrated Design-Build-Furnish Approach

Church Design | Church Construction

This post is part one in a three-part series where we will explore the advantages of our unique, integrated Design-Build-Furnish approach.

In the world of church construction, Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) has a lot of advantages, including schedule and cost benefits. But Aspen’s Design-Build-Furnish (DBF) process goes beyond even the typical integrated project delivery, design-build approach of the industry.

Typical Integrated Project Delivery Process

In a typical IPD project, all parties—consultants, AVL providers, architects, interior designers, and construction managers—are brought together to manage in one contract. This helps to keep them on the same schedule and communicating with each other as they work out the strategy for the project. In this process the client shares the risk of the project with the architect and contractor who are invested in its completion.



Aspen's Design-Build-Furnish Process

In Aspen’s DBF process, the parties aren’t integrated by a contract, because we hold all the risk for the project under one roof. The architect and contractor aren’t contractually linked, instead they’re literally on the same team, working to engage consultants and contractors, while managing risk on behalf of the whole project.




Ways in Which DBF Supports the Client

There are several opportunities for cost-savings in a building project using a DBF approach, including advancing schedules because design and construction are working together already, maximizing relationships with trade contractors, and releasing portions of the project to take advantage of pricing opportunities. Plus, it’s an old truism that “the most expensive part of any building project is the mistakes.” The collaborative nature of our process means that we’re identifying flaws in the drawings and responding to them in the design process, which would have otherwise led to cost increases later in the project.

Aspen Group’s iterative process contributes to cost savings with cost-modeling built into the model, which means we progressively price the plan through estimating exercises that highlight savings opportunities for our clients.

The DBF delivery method can also help advance the mission of the church by helping to define the approach in managing the tension of schedule, scope, and budget, and allowing the church’s leadership to define what their priorities are, and make sure they're aligned with their mission and goals.

With DBF, teams aren’t pitted against each other when problems arise, so they can manage risk on behalf of the church, while collaborating to find solutions. This places the church in the best position to create effective spaces to do ministry.

If you're shaping the future of your ministry space and want to chat about our unique Design-Build-Furnish process, reach out to us for a no-pressure conversation.


About Marcos Rodriguez

Marcos Rodriguez serves as Director of Design Operations and has been at Aspen since 2014. Outside of the office, Marcos enjoys spending time with his wonderful wife and two beautiful daughters.