Small Firm Forum

April 9 Small Firm Forum: Navigating Design Build

The design build delivery model is becoming more and more common. Commercial clients have been using this model for a long time, but more and more this method is being used for other types of projects including large companies marketing to residential and small commercial and retail clients. Many advertise “free” design if you hire them which can be very enticing for clients hoping to save a few dollars. Many small firms are competing with these large companies for clients now. So, if you are in this scenario, how are you distinguishing your work from the design offered by the design build company.

On the other hand, many small firms build their practices by partnering with contractors to provide design build services to their clients. What are the keys to making this a successful approach where the client is not short-changed on the design?

The third option is that the architect leads the design build process. Some small firms are taking on the contracting role in addition to the design role. How does this help them deliver good buildings and what are the challenges of working as both the architect and builder.

In order to bring this to our members at no cost this is a “bring your own lunch” program. Bring a brown bag, or pick up a lunch from a nearby restaurant. A list of local restaurants can be found here.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

Downers Grove Public Library
Conference Room A – Second Floor
1050 Curtiss St.
Downers Grove, Illinois 60515



Save the date for these future Small Firm Forums!

May 14 Consultant Referals
June 11 Product Discussion
July 9 Websites – quality and helpfulness
August 13 WBE/MBE/VOSB and government procurement
September 10 LinkedIn -How best to use
October 8 Open Roundtable
November 12 Contracts – AIA Small Project documents
December 10 Presenting your expertise




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