The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, MNSilly Fight... designers and builders have a lot in common

The Wilkinson Project Group

In the traditional design then bid and build process, the architects and the builders are often put at odds with one another. Unfortunately, there are some repeating human frailties underneath this. More importantly, the linear process sets them up to be adversaries.

Someone is typically to blame when the market does not substantiate the vision of the design professionals and others that support them in the process. On the other hand, design professionals often stereotype the builders as hardheaded business beasts unwilling to embrace the vision.

In the main; it's the traditional process that pits one side against another (design, then bid, then build often doesn’t work). The solution to this process has to do with keeping levels of abstraction straight (concepts vs details) and guiding horizontal integration across silos so that the front end money is used effectively which in turn relieves the process of speculation (aka guesswork).

In this writer's opinion, the quality of the man-built environment is directly proportional to the extent to which speculation with time and money is eliminated from the process.

Less guesswork…. better outcomes…. everybody wins.

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