10 · 18 · 2017
The Eye of the Beholder
The term, benefits, has numerous definitions. What strikes us about that fact is the corollary fact that most if not all of those definitions are subjective. That led us to conclude that benefits, like beauty, are in the eye of the beholder. Since we’ve been known to do some beholding on occasion, we decided to do some here. That led to our sharing these thoughts with you. And … begin:
According to the book, Construction Contracts: Law and Management:
DB [design build] with its single point of responsibility carries the clearest contractual remedies for the clients because the DB contractor will be responsible for all of the work on the project, regardless of the nature of the fault.
We’re not crazy about the presumption of fault in that definition. But we do like a number of things about it:
- Single point of responsibility. If you’ve ever tried to keep track of an architect, an electrician, a plumber, a sheetrocker, a painter, an HVAC contractor, a furniture dealer, a carpet merchant, or any and all of the other vendors to your commercial workspace project, you probably ended up feeling like you were playing Where’s Waldo? If you work with us, we are Waldo. And you’ll always know where we are.
- Clearest contractual remedies for the client. If you have a beef during your project, you won’t have to pull a Clara Peller to get it resolved. The buck stops here.
- The DB contractor will be responsible for all of the work on the project. ‘Nuff said.
- The nature of the fault. We’ve already expressed our beef with this one. But if accountability for fault falls to us, the benefits are all yours.
Beauty is Our Business
Because we’re a DB firm, is this post arguably self-serving? Of course it is. But if we weren’t in business to serve your business, we wouldn’t have been able to stay in business. (Ask our clients.) And if we weren’t ready to stand by every word of it, we wouldn’t dare publish it.
The benefits are all yours. That’s a beautiful thing in any beholder’s eye.
Image by ImagineMaw, courtesy of pixabay.com.