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What to Look for In a Government Design-Build Firm

Constructing new government buildings is different from commercial building construction. First, you are spending taxpayer dollars, which carries a different sort of burden than other projects. You have to stay within budget and preferably below budget with no wriggle room. Neenan Archistruction® is a local architectural design-build firm based in Fort Collins that specializes in government construction. Below, we’ll go over what to look for in a government design-build firm. Call to get started today!

Previous Experience with Government Projects

Since there is so much at stake in a government building construction project, it’s imperative that you find a design-build firm that has experience with government projects. The unique advantage of a design-build firm is that you only work with one contractor throughout the entire phase of your construction project. They take the project from start to finish, including architectural design to completing the final touches inside.

Ability to Stay On-Budget and On-Time

Government buildings will be used by the public for a designated purpose or purposes. Odds are, there will be a lot of people going in and out of the building — more so than some other commercial construction projects. Thus, you not only want a building that is aesthetically pleasing, but also one that is functional — all built within a designated budget. Look for a government design-build company that has a track record of beautiful projects that stayed on-budget and on-time.

Excellent Stewardship of Taxpayer Dollars

There is a higher level of responsibility when the government spends taxpayer dollars on a building project. This translates to the design-build firm. Ultimately, it is the design-build firm’s responsibility to take the vision of the government and craft a building that will meet the stated need, as well as one that will spend taxpayer dollars wisely. Thus, the design-build firm should always be looking for ways to save money throughout the entire scope of the project. Coming in under budget is a good thing, too.

Environmental and Sustainable Approach to Government Construction

Having a mindset for the future is imperative with government construction projects. Design-build firms should always be looking for ways to impart energy efficiency, sustainability, and recycled materials into all aspects of the government construction project. When you are talking about multi-million dollar projects, you can not only save thousands of dollars by saving source materials and reusing construction materials, but you can also save taxpayers thousands of dollars in the future in energy bills with a building that uses the latest technology for energy efficiency.


Neenan Archistruction® is a government construction contractor based in Fort Collins, Colorado. We offer a collaborative design process that will take your government building from start to finish seamlessly. Our team works with you throughout the entire building design and construction process.  We use target costing in our design process, which incorporates cost to help us minimize waste and create value. To get started, contact us today!