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High rise modular construction glass buiding with sunlight above, example of design build in action

In the busy world of construction project management with shortened construction timelines, higher expectations and smaller budgets, design build, where the project design and construction are delivered by one firm, has been a welcome new tool to save time and money on construction projects. From business expansions to infrastructure, design build shortcuts the traditional drawn out, multiple bid, subcontractor management process that is often plagued with delays, change orders and cost overruns. Instead, one expert handles it all, and delivers the finished project faster and at lower cost.

Design build is a streamlined process for completing construction projects, a product of modern process improvement movements in areas like quality improvement, efficiency, cost reduction, teamwork and environmental friendliness. With a single source providing the design and constructing the actual project, design build vastly simplifies the process. Bidding and selecting subcontractors alone add weeks or months to a project, not to mention the extra costs to review bids, select, manage and coordinate the scheduling and other needs of multiple subcontractors on a project. With so much coordination required between the architect, general contractor, materials suppliers and subcontractors, traditional construction projects may be plagued with change orders and delays.

Design build assigns both the design and construction to a single entity, thus eliminating the complex process of assembling a range of experts – sheet metal, roofers, masons, carpenters, tile setters, electrical, heating and air among them – to realize the architect’s building design. Being able to assign the delivery of a building project to one responsible party is a huge burden off developers, corporations and project managers tasked with realizing a construction project. The design build process means the designer-builder has all the elements in place to deliver the finished project.

Aluminum frame being installed for high clearance tension fabric building modular construction

Design build is not for all projects, such as those with complex regulatory issue or civil engineering needs. But for many structures, a streamlined process saves time, money and with more efficiency built in, is usually a greener, more environmentally friendly process as well. Many design build solutions are based on prefabricated or modular building components that reduce design costs, save time and use fewer resources to produce.

In an era of collaborative project management and the explosion of technology that provides project management and advanced planning tools, the growth of design build has been rapid, accounting for almost half the nation’s non-residential construction today. 

Modular Construction a Growing Trend

One development that has helped the rapid growth of design build construction is the growing popularity of modular construction. Advancements in materials and manufacturing and design technology have produced techniques and building solutions that can be configured from prefabricated modular components, transported in finished modules and integrated at the building site in a fraction of the time needed for ground up, raw materials construction. Prefabricated portions for high rise structures help simplify building higher and adding more floors, a huge advantage in today’s high cost urban markets where available land is scarce. Buildings of all types can be built using modular construction methods and materials. The modular construction market is growing rapidly and is expected to exceed $150 billion by 2023.

Tension Fabric Buildings Modular Design Build Solution

large, high clearance white tension fabric building on construction site example of modular building

Design build and the related modular construction industry have helped shorten and simplify construction cycles for all kinds of building projects. Among the simplest and most versatile building solutions are tension fabric structures. These modular, prefabricated buildings provide ample comfortable indoor space for a wide range of applications for almost any industry – including warehousing and storage, aviation, indoor sports and events, agriculture, construction, mining and environmental remediation. The Allsite tension fabric building features an efficient modular design, including a highly-engineered, lightweight and rust-free extruded aluminum frame design for strength, stability, easy transport and fast installation. The heavy duty PVC fabric cover is installed in overlapping and anchored panels which can be configured to any length building, in 5 meter increments, for the application. Tension fabric buildings have the added advantage of a range of available anchoring systems, so that they can be installed almost anywhere without the need for a building foundation. A number of options for openings allow the tension fabric building to accommodate people and cargo, even vehicles and aircraft. These structures can be leased for the length of the project, whether short or long term, even for permanent use.

Tension Fabric Buildings for a More Efficient Construction Site

Tension fabric buildings can also be used at the construction site to facilitate manufacturing and assembly of modular building components and expedite design build construction with convenient, spacious onsite indoor work space. Avoid weather delays, accommodate tools and equipment, store materials and supplies, all only a few feet away from the work site. Proximity of work space to the construction site means fewer delivery delays, lower freight costs and the ability to execute change orders and repairs, and fabricate replacement parts in real time.

Allsite Tension Fabric Structures

With the growth of design build and modular construction, project managers tasked with creating new spaces can turn to a variety of options, including the Allsite tension fabric structure, to meet their needs and get the new building up and running in less time. For more information on a tension fabric structure solution, contact Allsite Structure Rentals.

Author Jason Cromwell

Jason Cromwell is the General Manager of Allsite Structure Rentals. He has a degree in Business Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Jason is a 12 year veteran in all matters related to Tension Fabric Structures with Allsite Structure Rentals and has over 20 years of sales, operations, and management experience. Read more about Jason and the rest of our team at

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