Design-build commercial construction offers an enticing alternative to the traditional bid-build method – due to its budget-friendly side and streamlined process.

The experts at Commercial Building, Inc. are here to help explain what design-build means and all of its benefits.


Design-Build is defined as the process of a system of contracting whereby one entity performs both engineering and construction services under one single contract (The Design-Build Institute of America).

You can either do a full design-build or choose to do a partial. In the latter, the process is only applied to just a portion of the project. As such, typically only the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems are completed in the process.


Due to construction projects being large and complex, it can lead to confusion and frustration. It is best to have a single point of contact or accountability.

There have often been arguments between designers and construction firms or between contractors.
Having a single point of contact or design-build agreement ensures that there is one entity responsible for all aspects of the project – making one project owner responsible. This gives the best possibility of your project staying on time and within budget.


When it comes to large commercial projects, there comes a significant level of risk. However, when you work with a design-build firm, you not only reduce your risk but bring added value to your project as well. A skilled design-build construction contractor knows how to work with you to maximize your project’s budget to eliminate any cost-related surprises that can come with a traditional build.


Time savings come from the increased level of coordination that the process offers. The centralized point of contact eliminates the coordination and communication problems common between engineers and contractors.

As timelines and budgets are established earlier in the project, both time and costs can be reduced compared to a traditional build. A design-build general contractor is able to work with pricing in the preliminary pricing phase in order to keep within the budget rather than have surprises for the owner. In comparison – in a traditional build an owner does not know pricing until everything has gone through the design and bid process.


Commercial building companies like CBI are key players when it comes to commercial building and understand the difference between mediocre and exceptional service. At CBI, we go above and beyond with our clients, and our reputation is strong because of it. See for yourself in our portfolio on our website. At CBI, understanding your goals for your project is the first step in our construction process. We’ll use this to inform everything we do, from pre-construction to project closeout.

Based in North Carolina, Commercial Building, Inc. has been helping business leaders transform their vision into reality. From blueprints to cutting a ribbon at a grand opening, our diligent construction contractor services double-check every logistical component. Our experienced team guarantees that your project does not run into delays or incur unnecessary cost overages.

At CBI, we can assist you with all aspects of construction. Our team can help you with every step of your building project. Contact us today to see how we can assist you with obtaining your building permits or anything else you may need.

We offer services in Fayetteville, Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Lumberton, Sanford, Fuquay-Varina, Apex, and many other cities in North Carolina. For more information, give us a call at 910-818-6811 or you can email us at cbi@commercialbuildingnc.com.