The new Utility Penthouse, as part of the Infrastructure Upgrade Phase III, is The Korte Company's third project at Tinker Air Force Base and will provide the building infrastructure necessary for Tinker AFB to expand utility systems within Building 3001. The Utility Penthouse will be constructed off-sight and installed over the existing roof (the building will be occupied during construction).
At The Korte Company, Design-Build is our specialty. In fact, we helped invent it. To date, we've completed more than 1,600 Design-Build construction projects.
Design-Build is a method of building in which both the design and construction are contracted and controlled from one source – the Design-Builder. This method allows for more organization because there's one single point of accountability. Because of this, the client has more say in the project.
Design-Build at The Korte Company
Design-Build construction was an accepted practice for most of the construction industry's leading companies by the 1980s. That was two decades too late for us.
Our first ever project was actually Design-Build construction itself. It was a milking parlor for a local farmer that Ralph, our founder, designed and built. And while these roots might seem humble, they didn't stay that way for long.
By the mid 1960s in fact, we had already finished major Design-Build projects for both The Wall Street Journal® and Piggly Wiggly® supermarkets. In 1969, we completed a 120,000 square foot Design-Build/Leaseback project for Cooper B-Line - a breakthrough delivery method well ahead of its time.
We would soon go on to become one of the seven founding members of the Design-Build Institute of America. Long story short, Design-Build is very much a part of who we are. To us, there's no better way to build smart.
Our team of Design-Build professionals
Because of our leadership position as Design-Build professionals, we’ve been able to build a roster of all-stars in the Design-Build field.
At The Korte Company, our team of architects, engineers and construction professionals are some of the most respected in the business. They pride themselves on their ingenuity in solving problems and creating environments that motivate and inspire. This is the way we can best serve our clients. We call this building smart.
Why we typically recommend Design-Build
While we're well versed in other methods of construction delivery, we are strong supporters of the Design-Build methodology. It's easier to manage a project and money because the project is more structured. In fact, the method is proving to be one of the most effective ways in the entire industry to build.
Here are a three more reasons why we typically recommend Design-Build construction.
1. Design-Build construction saves time
By putting both the designers and the builders under one roof, obstacles that often delay a project are completely avoided. And while Design-Build can't control certain conditions like rain and snow, eliminating all other opportunities for delay is crucial to a timely delivery.
2. Design-Build construction saves money
Many costs are avoided when both your designer and builder work under one roof, as markup and external costs are completely avoided. Additionally, with timelines that are more strictly followed comes a final tab that's fair for all involved.
3. With Design-Build, the owner has more say
This final benefit is pretty simple - there are fewer voices to talk over so our clients' pains are always heard. After all, it's their project. Anything less than exactly what they want is unacceptable. Design-Build allows owners to select systems that best suit their needs and meet their project budget.
At The Korte Company, the job is the boss and Design-Build lets us always keeps the boss happy.