Author(s) Information

Neeka M. NazhandFollow

Department

Construction Management Department

Degree Name

BS in Construction Management

Date

12-2017

Advisor(s)

Phil Barlow

Abstract/Summary

Devcon Construction Inc. is a general contracting company that implements a design department in-house to aid them with their design-build projects. Since their doors opened in 1976, Devcon has imbedded an in-house design department that now delegates about twenty-five percent of their design-build projects, and acts as a resource center for their other construction projects. Having this unique design department benefits both the design and construction side of projects, because working for the same company motivates the teams to work together and solve problems faster. The design department is not for direct profit and only works with Devcon’s contractors, mainly serving as a resource center for the company’s projects. Working in the same building allows the team as a whole to save time and money because the architects ask questions directly to the contractors regarding functionality and price, while the contractors ask questions regarding design features. All in all, Devcon’s unique in-house design firm is a smart strategy and saves Devcon time and money in their construction projects.

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