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5 Ways Bridging Documents Benefit an Owner in Commercial Design-Build

commercial design build, building contractorConstruction DesignWorks, Inc., a Kansas City Building Contractor, Can Help Reduce Cost

KANSAS CITY, MO- Bridging documents in commercial design-build projects offer five major benefits to an owner that are hard to pass up. Whether a building contractor provides cold shell construction or tenant finish, the paybacks are immeasurable. However, most commercial construction and real estate professionals aren’t accustomed to dealing with bridging documents or even know what they are. These documents provide the owner with the tools to convey the goals of the project in an efficient manner without going through a full design process.

“Typically an owner hires a design consultant (DC) which can be a Bridging Architect or a Design-Build Contractor, which will develop a schematic design. This is similar to the traditional design services with feedback and approvals by the owner,” says Scott Hamele, President of Construction DesignWorks, Inc. “The next step is for the DC to create the bridging documents which will include preliminary plans, performance requirements and intent of the level of quality, a rough schedule and target budget.”

The major benefits of bridging documents (BD) for the owner: 

commercial design build and building contractorFixed Price

The owner establishes a fixed construction contract price based on the bridging documents. This is accomplished much earlier than the traditional design-bid-build project delivery method, because the contractor is chosen before the full design and construction documents are completed.

Construction Schedule

The timeline drastically shortens because the contractor is chosen much earlier in the process than the design-bid-build method. Equally important is the fact that bridging documents reduce the occurences of RFI’s and change orders which in turn reduces delays and schedule creep.

Reduced Risk

The owner’s exposure to delays, contractor disputes and claims are greatly reduced because the contractor is involved during the final design and construction documents phase.


Getting the contractor involved with the preparation of the design and construction documents increases the opportunity for new ideas and methods to satisfy the owner’s needs.

Cost Creep

Bridging documents establish the intent and direction of the design much earlier in the overall process allowing the contractor to weed out potential areas where costs will increase. Bridging documents can be an invaluable asset to an owner for both design-build and [email protected] project delivery methods. These documents can be used in small and large projects, white box construction, public and private projects, horizontal and vertical projects.

Construction DesignWorks uses its hands-on approach and design expertise to create and build professional interior spaces, and generate bridging documents that are specialized for each customer. Their complete turnkey solutions align with the unique business needs of various types of real estate. Construction DesignWorks, Inc. is located at 21961 West 83rd Street in Shawnee, Kansas. If you are looking for a building contractor or need more information about commercial design-build, call (913)745-4727 or visit their website

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