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THE DESIGN-BUILD ADVANTAGE: A Q&A WITH JAVIER MONTALVO

Updated: Feb 27

Building Success, One Seamless Integration at a Time – Navigating the Construction Landscape with Design-Build Expertise


Embarking on a construction project can be a daunting task, filled with potential challenges and uncertainties. In the evolving landscape of construction methodologies, one approach stands out for its ability to seamlessly integrate design and construction, offering clients a holistic and (mostly) stress-free experience. In this Q&A session, we sit down with Javier, the CEO and design-build expert (with the experience to back it up), to unpack the advantages of the design-build system. From accountability to realistic budgets, Javier sheds light on why choosing a design-build company can make all the difference in ensuring a successful and satisfying construction journey. Join us as we explore the transformative power of the design-build model in revolutionizing the way we bring architectural visions to life.


A portrait of a man smiling wearing a blue polo shirt and jeans with his hands in his pockets.
Build Forward CEO, Javier Montalvo

Q: Let's start with the basics. What is design-build?


A: Design-build is a modern approach where the designer is also the builder. It eliminates the separation between architects and builders, ensuring a seamless process from conception to completion. While this concept might seem relatively recent, it's actually a return to the roots of construction practices centuries ago when the architect was inherently the builder.


Q: What are the advantages of the design-build system?


A: The primary advantage is accountability. With the same team throughout, any oversight during design can be solved during construction without extra costs or client stress. Realistic budgets are another plus; our in-house team stays informed on construction costs, ensuring accurate estimates and avoiding surprises for the client. Lastly, design-build mitigates the stress of construction through thorough client preparation, making the entire process smoother.


Q: How does the design-build model benefit clients?


A: Clients benefit from a single, accountable team, realistic budgets, and a guided, stress-free construction experience. We proactively address potential issues, ensuring a successful project and a satisfied client. By discussing aspects like work-from-home arrangements, dust containment, and pet safety, we equip clients to navigate the construction phase with confidence. This proactive engagement sets the stage for a more comfortable and stress-free experience.


Q: Why do you find the design-build system better, both for clients and from your perspective?


A: Reflecting on my experience as a project manager and overseeing operations, alongside 30 years of construction experience, the design-build system fosters a sense of support and confidence. With a realistic budget, detailed scope of work, and a cohesive team, potential problems are proactively addressed. This not only ensures project success but also instills confidence in our team members, making problem-solving more efficient. Additionally, the adaptability of the design-build system facilitates continuous learning and collaboration, fostering an environment where everyone contributes to the project's success.


A rendering of an ADU that has a garage and a living space above. There are two garage doors on the bottom, three windows on the top floor, a door on each level, and a staircase on the side on the outside leading up to a small balcony on the second floor with access to the living space above.
A rendering of our Lake Oswego ADU project pre-construction

An ADU that has a garage and a living space above. There are two garage doors on the bottom, three windows on the top floor, a door on each level, and a staircase on the side on the outside leading up to a small balcony on the second floor with access to the living space above.
The finished Lake Oswego ADU project

In summary, the design-build model, as explained by Javier, offers accountability, realistic budgets, and a streamlined, (mostly) stress-free construction process. From the client's perspective, this approach ensures a smoother journey from design to completion, while our professionals benefit from a supportive system that encourages adaptability and continuous learning. Choosing a design-build company may be the key to a successful and satisfying construction experience. Contact us today to find out more about how our system can benefit you and your plans for your next project! Send us a message at info@webuildforward.com or reach out to us here to get started.

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