What’s the story behind Design + Build Group?
Jeffrey: It was eight years ago when Daniel and I formed Design + Build Group. Although we might not have realized it at the time, we shared a vision for our company. You see, we are both somewhat idealistic people who had worked for our father’s construction company growing up. The construction business is based-on a status quo mindset and we constantly heard people say, “We’ve always done it that way.” We thought it was inflexible and the customer’s voice wasn’t really heard. We talked about starting a company for years and promised ourselves we’d do things differently if we ever did.
Daniel: First, Jeffrey isn’t only my brother, he’s also my best friend. I had an eye-opening experience before we decided to start Design + Build Group. I went to Sydney, Australia to work as an apprentice for a design build construction company. What made this experience unique, was this company was a sole source provider of all the aspects of completing a construction project. I saw how this reduces risk, helps keep project costs down, and the end result for the client is much improved. Jeffrey and I had many late night conversations about this new methodology of design, most of them at the Muddy Rudder Bar and Grill, where we decided to start or own company. It was probably the scariest decision we ever made, but we knew we were right.
What is the philosophy behind DESIGN+BUILD?
Jeffrey: We believe it simplifies the process for all parties involved and consolidates communication and accountability. We focus out expertise in the very specific market of commercial workspace, applying multiple discipline’s to the single area of workspace remodel and tenant improvements rather than working a single discipline across multiple markets, such as healthcare, residential, and multiresidential.
Daniel: We believe in being the experts and doing one thing really well from start to finish on a specific type of projects and not going outside that, rather than being the experts on a specific section of multiple types of projects and then passing off responsibility, typically resulting in communication breakdown.