Ask Lots of Questions
It’s always good to have a general discussion on their previous design and build projects, to find out if they had encountered any setbacks, if so, what did they do about them, did this extend the projected timelines, how did this affect the cost, etc. As well ask asking design-related questions, make sure you also ask about the build stage — what types of jobs have they previously done, using which skillsets, how much were costs per square foot? The design and build company should be able to provide creative and thoughtful solutions for any speedbumps or roadblocks that you encounter during your construction phase. And trust me, with a million and one details for you to discuss, review and select, there will be at least one hiccup. What you’re looking for is how the design-build company handles crises and if you’re comfortable with (and trust) their position.