Monthly Archives: August 2010

The Misconceptions about Design-Build

Posted on August 27th, 2010 by

There are many misconceptions about Design-Build firms.  One is that the homeowner will pay more for the drawing since there is no competitive bid and the other is that the client will not have any control over the project. Finance & Commerce recently published an article combating these fears. And we wanted to share some of their findings with you. Joy Jayaram writes that, “An owner on a design-build project has the ability to control as much of the design as desired. Design-build is an integrated and collaborative approach.  All team members have valuable input and are essential to developing the optimum solution.” Jayaram also goes on to say that the design-build approach is usually faster, has fewer change orders and takes away a lot of the risks from the owner.

We build what we design at Design Build Team. We understand not only what drives the building process, but we understand the reasoning behind the construction.

Below is some examples of our work.

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Architectural Metal

Posted on August 25th, 2010 by

The brilliant minds at the Kansas City based A. Zahner Company have spent over a century taking metal to a whole new level. Founded in Kansas City, Missouri in 1897, Andrew Zahner provided custom architectural metal designs throughout Kansas and Missouri. A. Zahner mastered the use of new materials such as galvanized steel and aluminum, and later stainless steel. Under the management of Andrew Zahner’s great grandson, L. William Zahner, the company shifted from regional projects to international projects.

Working with such acclaimed architects as Frank Gehry and Snøhetta, who designed the September 11th Memorial in New York City, Zahner has become a recognizable name throughout the industry.

We are proud to have such talent here in our city and we look forward to seeing where Zahner takes metal in years to come.

The heart of our product beats at the intersection of art and function.”  – A. Zahner Company

NASCAR Hall of Fame, designed by Pei Cobb Freed, Charlotte, North Carolina

NASCAR Hall of Fame, designed by Pei Cobb Freed, Charlotte, North Carolina

Apple Flagship Store in Soho. Zahner produced dozens of Apple Stores with several architects.

Kauffman Center, designed by Moshe Safdie. Kansas City, Missouri

Pritzker Pavilion designed by Frank Gehry. Chicago, Illinois

Taubman Museum designed by Randall Stout Architects, Roanoke, Virginia

September 11 Museum designed by Snøhetta, New York City

Design Build Team is not your average design-build firm

Posted on August 20th, 2010 by

If you are planning on building a new home, adding an addition or even tearing down existing walls you will need an architect or engineer to draw the project in order to get a building permit. Our plans are more detailed than most; we draw the details as we are building the project. Even the changes are drawn to scale – and at no charge! Below is a drawing from a change we did on a recent project. Notice the details we sketched.


To learn more about Design Build Team please give us a call at 913.722.1443.