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Optimizing Construction Through Design

Design-to-build processes provide consistency and predictability in project delivery from initial concepts through occupancy. By applying principles of manufacturing and our experience as builders, we are fine tuning not only physical buildings, but the entire method of developing and delivering them.

Achieving More Predictable Outcomes

Design-to-build is an approach to delivering projects that spans design, construction and turnover. Unlike design-build, which is a form of contract, design-to-build enhances the bonds between design and construction by providing the people, processes and tools to close the gaps.

With design-to-build, all the expertise needed on a project is available upfront and throughout the entire project lifecycle. It is intrinsically more collaborative than a sequential approach, and drives greater ownership and control of aesthetics, performance and quality.

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AN APPROACH For All Projects

Design-to-build processes are applicable on all project types—from simple to highly complex—regardless of contract mechanism. Projects using these processes benefit from a data-driven streamlined workflow, earlier and more informed decision making, design for manufacturing and assembly (DfMA), higher quality implementation, and better alignment with project goals.

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Framework For Consistency

At DPR, the design-to-build approach begins with design integration, working hand in hand with our clients, design and trade partners to deploy a detailed process framework that supports consistent delivery and predictable outcomes.

The Design-to-build Advantage



Design integration is a proactive approach to bringing design and construction activities together under a single process framework to achieve all project goals. DPR partners with vConstruct to employ a VDC-driven digital process that emphasizes communication and transparency, so teams can align on specific project needs and use data to drive effective and timely decisions.

Design for

Manufacture & Assembly

DfMA fine-tunes components or parts of a design to make them easier to build and faster to assemble—improving predictability, speed, quality and safety in construction. Taking this approach to building design maximizes offsite fabrication and simplifies field assembly. DPR’s strategic partners Digital Building Components and Surepods provide custom, factory-built assemblies and finished bathroom pods.


Expertise & Precision

Design-to-build leverages the proficiency of self-perform work, prefabrication and technical design resources from DPR's strategic partner, GPLA, to deliver predicable outcomes. The nature of design-to-build fosters creative problem solving and adaptive innovation to solve unique and complex problems.


Function & Purpose

Design-to-build supports strategies such as programmatic project development: organizing the project’s costing around the key functions and component parts of a building—to ensure functional needs are met first. Projects using this approach reap the benefits of having more information upfront to reduce unknowns and achieve greater accuracy and predictability.



Design-to-build ensures continuity in every aspect of project workflow. Early stakeholder integration enables true collaboration and a smoother experience end-to-end. Real-time transparency, allowing all stakeholders to share and work from the same information, leads to timely and effective decision-making—increasing efficiency throughout all phases of the project lifecycle.

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OUR APPROACH People, Process, Tools

At DPR, we believe in combining the power of people, processes and tools. By working together, we can optimize outcomes of both design and construction, improving predictability and performance while fostering creativity and innovation in design.

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THE STRENGTH OF Combined Power

Process – We deploy a consistent process framework, adapted for project characteristics, that includes principles, expectations and measurable outcomes as well as benchmark examples.

Tools – We provide a custom toolkit of resources with integrated support technologies to equip teams with everything they need to best deliver a project.

People – We identify and offer the best people for the job, clearly define roles and responsibilities and empower the team to execute.

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Design-to-Build Leadership

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Design-to-build Leader

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Design-to-build Strategist

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Design Integration Lead

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