The Design-Build


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Design/Build Specialization

Design-Build Analysis

Construction Plans

In modern business organizations, one of the most important goals for a new facility is that its project costs be at or below an established budget. The undertaking is based on an acceptable return on investment and/or occupancy costs. If this goal is not achieved the project will not be successful. Many millions of dollars a year are wasted because final bids exceed the original estimate or budget and those costs cannot practically be reduced.

One of the best values that design-build can effectively deliver is cost control. We work with our customers in the earliest stages of the project to develop the highest quality affordable design that meets the required criteria. The project is thoroughly and continuously measured against a realistic budget before any large engineering or construction expense is committed. Neither time nor money is lost to unrealistic estimates.

Common Questions

Project Cost

Provided early on – Needs only schematic design and basic project description. In most cases we can offer a guaranteed cost.

Completion Time

Much shorter – which means less interest paid and much quicker income production.


During construction, our project manager is the only person you will have to contact about anything regarding your construction project. Our manager is considered your extended employee – a fiduciary position.

End Product

A building custom designed and built to achieve corporate goals by fitting the business plan.


Your participation is as involved or detached as you prefer. Our team’s early project description sets the goals for the design and controls the project cost and time schedule.


We take total responsibility for the implementation of design, construction, scheduling, cost and quality. There are no adversarial issues as with typical design-bid-build.

Construction Management

Construction Management

Construction Management

ARCO can provide construction management services even if we are not your chosen contractor. We will work along with your architect or contractor to ensure you have everything covered.

You may have friends or associates to do your work but have concerns they many need some oversight. ARCO offers construction management services for special arrangements such as this.



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Arco can assist with site development. We have the equipment and expertise to provide site cut and fill, along with proper compaction and drainage. This alleviates issues when you decide to move forward with building structures on your site.

Code Compliance (NFPA, Life Safety & International Building Code)

Code Compliance

Building Plan

Code compliance can add extensive costs to your project. ARCO’s staff is proficient in the various State and governmental agency codes that affect today’s businesses. Planning for these codes is imperative to keep costs within budget.

We can also help you respond to deficiency reports and many times resolve the issue without having to make the requested changes.

Healthcare Specialization

Healthcare Specialization

Le Grand Healthcare

ARCO has designed and/or built over 300 healthcare facilities, from hospitals and nursing homes to doctors’ offices and dialysis clinics. That experience is invaluable.

Healthcare codes are much more stringent than building codes for other types of facilities. The last thing you need is a building which is ready to occupy that cannot open because codes have not been met. In addition to costs directly incurred from such delays, even more must be spent for additional work to bring your facility up to code.

ARCO can prevent this disaster from ever happening.

Complete Architectural & Engineering Services

Complete Architectural & Engineering Services

Architectural Plans

ARCO’s staff can provide complete architectural and engineering services. As a general rule, our cost is less since we are more keenly aware of the final construction costs. We can provide architectural and engineering work even if we are not the selected contractor.




ARCO’s bonding line is available if needed. However, other security options are available. Inquire how we can assist you.

Information Modeling

Information Modeling


Our design team is steadily improving our understanding and implementation of the latest in computer aided design practices. We not only produce construction drawings, we produce building information models. These models lend themselves not only to aesthetic, three dimensional perspective analyses, but also to virtual space/volume analysis for mechanical and lighting system design. We can also study the existing site conditions such as sun angles and topography and allow them to inform our design as well. This means that our designs are virtual buildings that lend themselves to critical analysis long before they are built. This minimizes mistakes in the field, saving our customers time and money.

Green Building

Green Building

ARCO Builders has been a member of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) which includes continuing to educate ourselves about design techniques and construction methods. This maximize both the economic and environmental performance of our buildings and insures their sustainability for future generations. Many of the aspects of sustainability, i.e., designing with no wasted space, efficiency in insulation/mechanical systems/lighting, using local materials, minimizing waste, etc. have long been part of our day-to-day practices. But we’re always committed to getting better.

We’ve invested heavily in computer software and believe that architectural sustainability will continue to grow in its already large role in the building industry. We intend to broaden our awareness of this and any other building technology that becomes relevant.

Go Green With Us

We’ll work with you to design and build to any desired level of energy efficiency and sustainability. We’ll follow through with all the administration required to have your building certified silver, gold, or platinum. Ask us how this can save you some serious money.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Is there a building method that is faster and more economical than the traditional architect and general contractor method?


A design-build process allows for all of the design and construction responsibilities to come from one multi-disciplined source. Our strength lies in a careful and proven balance between great design and superior construction economy.

Wouldn’t I have better control of the project using a separate design source?

Our experience has proven that the three most important controlling elements in any construction project are:

  • Quality
  • Cost
  • Time of Construction

Their way: When the building process is fragmented by separating design from construction, quality can only be controlled after the design process is completed and bids are taken. Similarly, project cost is not known until the entire design process is complete and the low bidder has been established. Competitive bidding on a fixed design can sometimes be a process of finding which general contractor will satisfy the minimum requirements for a cheaper building.

Our way: With design-build, quality, cost and time of construction are adjusted and finally established concurrently to meet the desired end result. From our first meeting, our design and construction practices reflect the same goal of delivering to the customer the highest levels of design and construction, at the most competitive costs, in the least amount of time. This promotes a sincere search for the best and most economical way to build while meeting the specific management objectives and corporate goals of our customers. Of course, as rquired by law, our architects and design consultants follow through with on site job observation to review progress, life safety code issues and verify design intent.

Won’t my project cost more without competitive bids?

That’s unlikely and here’s why…

On most building projects, we, as the Design-Build Contractor will purchase most of the project, about 70% from others in the form of materials, equipment and subcontracts. This means that we will literally purchase a majority of the job on your behalf. We will make design recommendations, and offer construction solutions based on material and equipment quotations so that your objectives for long life, great performance and least maintenance will be satisfied (life cycle cost).

Numerous competitive quotations on the subcontractor portions of the job will be evaluated, allowing the selection of the best, and lowest cost building solution.

Does Design-Build take longer for a finished project?

Emphatically no!

In fact, our projects move much faster than normal construction projects; sometimes as much as 30-40% faster. We pride ourselves on setting optimal construction schedules and staying ahead of them! Having worked together on so many projects, our design department and construction departments “speak the same language”. Our drawings and specifications while thorough and comprehensive, do not suffer from unnecessary detail or confusing data. They are instead professionally and meticulously succinct which saves design time and avoids confusion in the field. Everyone is aware that changes in the field are the enemy to a construction schedule, so we do everything imaginable to avoid them.

We can also “fast-track” a project. The detailed working drawings need not be completed to start field work. Site work and foundations can be started immediately, while other phases of the work are being detailed. You get occupancy sooner, which equates to a valuable savings in time, money and most importantly, an early beneficial use.

How does this work? When do I know how much the project will cost?

The design-build team begins a careful analysis of your management objectives and goals by listening well. We then present detailed project descriptions, total estimated costs and sometimes even rough sketches, within 3-4 weeks. If these estimates and project descriptions meet the feasibility target of your objective, you are now able to proceed. In most cases, it is practical and desirable to set a guaranteed maximum cost within which the design-build contractor works for a fixed fee. On other projects, a lump sum quotation may be advisable and practical. Numerous contractual arrangements are possible, but yes, you do KNOW the costs early on, and more importantly, you are in CONTROL of the costs. This allows the purchase of the best construction value possible for your money.

You know what you need. It’s our job to help you visualize it, describe it well so we’re all in agreement and then deliver it in fine order so that we stay within the budget. That quite simply, is just what we do.