Design-build is an integrated building approach that delivers architectural design and construction services under one contract with a single point of responsibility. This turn-key approach compares favorably to traditional bid contracting, in which an owner commissions an architect or engineer to prepare design specifications and separately selects a construction contractor by competitive bid.
Across the country and around the world, the design-build method successfully delivers office buildings, school buildings, medical facilities, dental facilities, veterinary facilities, church buildings, transportation centers and other infrastructure projects with superior results. Throughout history, master builders embraced both design and construction roles to build the world’s greatest structures.
This fire and rescue facility is first design-build project in the city of Durham for a civic construction project after the passing of N.C. House Bill 857, authorizing the use of the design-build construction method. The environmentally responsible design meets LEED standards and GOLD level certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. Durham Fire & EMS Station #17 was recently nominated for a 2019 Durham Golden Leaf award for Community Appearance for exhibiting signature qualities of Durham architecture with its brick detailing and gable/hip roof profile. The 11,430-sq-ft station will serve as a municipal hub for fire and EMS operations.