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Justin Stranzl

Coincidentally, we attempted to answer this in a supplement to the DJC that we published today on the design/build delivery system, which has been used to date in Oregon mostly on public infrastructure work but is starting to be employed in other arenas.
Two contractors, Larry Sitz of Emerick Construction and Mike Purcell of Gray Purcell, said opening an in-house design shop would risk destroying a contractor's relationship with the architecture community.
Sitz said, "As soon as we create design capability, we're in competition with (architects), and that changes the dynamic of how we get along."
Purcell said that to do so would "alienate us from the design community."
You can read it here: www.djcoregon.com/des0307-idx.cfm

truth

I also believe that they would legally have to be seperate entities, as the role of the architect includes being the liason between the contractor and the client and under contract with the client.
If the "design shop" was owned by the contractor it would seem to be a conflict of interest.
Especially if any disputes surfaced.

nwjg

But in Renaissance's (and Arbor Homes and Centex, etc) case they ARE the client. I believe OPUS has a similar business model.

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