Design-Bid-Build, the oldest and most well-known contracting method for construction projects, is still popular among many owners. With Design-Bid-Build, the contractor does not enter the process until after the design is complete.
The contractor is selected through one of three methods:
- Hard bid – the owner advertises for bidders and accepts the lowest qualified bidder.
- Select bid – the owner selects contractors to bid on the project, often based on the architect’s recommendation, and awards the work based on the lowest qualified bid.
- Negotiated bid – the owner negotiates with one or more subcontractors and selects the contractor the owner finds most appropriate for the project. Factors such as confidence, trust, integrity and relationships usually drive this decision-making process.
Baldwin & Shell never underestimates a project cost to acquire a contract, and we don’t fight to regain profit during construction. Our estimators produce accurate budgets the first time. Our goal is to deliver a project with no contractor-driven change orders, and we maintain budgets by running efficient and organized job sites.
The drawings are put out for competitive bid to general contractors, and the one with the lowest price is typically awarded the project. When Baldwin & Shell constructs projects in this manner, it coordinates and manages all subcontractors from start to finish, and often self-performs critical portions of the work. Finished results of construction projects we’ve completed include:
- Athletic Facilities
- Automotive Dealerships
- College and University Classrooms
- Industrial Plants
- K-12 Schools
- Medical Facilities
- Office Buildings
- Parking Garage Facilities
- Residence Halls
- Tenant Finish Out
Baldwin & Shell strives to earn the highest reputation among our clients, subcontractors and community by providing superior construction services. Our project teams maintain this philosophy from project estimating to project closeout. We stand behind every finished product — as we have since 1946.