The IDS Shift from Design-Build to Turn-Key Project Management
In project management and construction, the transition to integrating design and fabrication has been an industry trend in the last decade. This methodology often takes two forms: Design-Build and the new movement to turn-key. While they share close similarities, there are significant differences between them in scope, process, and outcomes.
In this article, we compare Design-Build and the evolution towards turn-key, providing insights into the turn-key process, and explore why IDS has transitioned from Design-Build to turn-key as a core approach.
ID Signsystems established Design-Build methodologies early in our history including creating tools for dimensional design visualization, documentation development, and expansive project management. Some of our leading projects including the Milwaukee International Airport (working with their in-house team), Alfred University, and Syracuse University Wayfinding Program (With EDR), embraced Design-Build methodologies.
The turn-key method represents a leap forward. It’s not just about design and construction; but also entails strategy, construction management, and site control.
Most important, it creates a much stronger communication link with the client, ensuring a seamless handoff.
The turn-key approach involves early planning during initial budgeting including surveys of existing conditions and exploration of site and management considerations. This ensures the client knows as many issues as possible.
It also establishes a communication process that carries through design development, fabrication, and finally installation. A strong communication structure allows for better site management and control. This involves focused attention to detail, like ensuring everything complies with the rules and regulations, overseeing the construction activities, implementing site safety measures, putting up construction fences, controlling traffic patterns in work zones, and providing documentation to the client.
Turn-key projects, however, involve a higher level of client involvement, where the client has greater control and influence over decision-making throughout the project.
The turn-key approach emphasizes comprehensive project management, strategy, budgeting concerns, establishing clear timelines, and delivering a complete solution. The client sees issues needed for successful completion in real time and can participate. It also allows the client to learn how to execute projects successfully, taking that information into future projects.
Using the turn-key approach, IDS is poised to deliver comprehensive, client-focused solutions, from design to fabrication to construction, with complete site project management.
Will every project and every client at IDS warrant a turn-key process? No, assuredly not. We’ll always have clients who hire us with specific design intent and budget in mind.
But for organizations needing a partner to collaborate and simplify the process, IDS is the go-to partner with a turn-key project management system designed to ensure a smooth experience and exceptional sign quality.
Take a glimpse at some of our projects where turn-key project management coupled with a comprehensive signage solution was instrumental to the project’s success.
Village of Owego in Owego, NY – COMING SOON
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