The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) awarded the GuernseyTingle and Henderson, Inc. team a National Award of Merit for the St. Bede Catholic Church Expansion in James City County, VA. Tom Tingle, President, and Michael Creasy, Vice President, traveled to Las Vegas, NV to accept the award during DBIA’s National Convention.

GuernseyTingle and Henderson, Inc. have a long history of working together in a design-build relationship, or as they more often call “team-build.” The term team-build is more appropriate because it includes not only the designer and the builder, but the owner, subcontractors, suppliers, engineering consultants, user groups and other stakeholders. The team proposed a well-developed scheme in response to the church’s RFP process, which served as a launching point to engage in the full design process with all the stakeholders.

The team-build process gave real-time feedback to the church on budget impacts of design decisions. The team brought a fluid approach to the budgeting process, with an open book estimate that was updated as discussions were occurring. The team encouraged St. Bede to bring additional requirements to the table, not just stick to the original program, which gave the owner realistic feedback of the value of those items, both in terms of dollars and functional impacts.

Perhaps the greatest indicator of the success of this design-build process was that less than a year after the project’s completion, GuernseyTingle was working with St. Bede Catholic Church to update and expand the original masterplan and looking toward future growth opportunities.

Image – left to right: Barbara Jackson, Ph.D, FDBIA, University of Denver; Tom Tingle, President, GuernseyTingle; Michael Creasy, Vice President, GuernseyTingle; and, Martin Hedlund, PE, DBIA, Vice President, Sundt Construction.


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