Case Studies

Incorporate UCD into your next Design Build Project

The easiest time to implement a new lighting solution for your business is during the construction process. If you are building a new location, it makes sense to implement the most state of the art equipment into your new facility. We don’t all have the luxury of being able to do this, however, it is by far the best solution if you are about to begin the construction process.

What Factors Determine A Successful Building Project?

It is important to have a final product that you are proud to show off. Those building and designing a project work very hard to bring you a final product that comes together properly. However, there are a number of other factors aside from the way the project turns out that come into play when determining whether a project was a success.

Here are a few of the important factors that help determine the successfulness of a project:

UCD Lighting Features

Ultra Constant Discharge, or UCD Lighting, is an environmentally conscious alternative to traditional lighting solutions. UCD Lighting is a power saving light system emitted by low voltage in arc tubes filled with Xenon gas and metallic compounds through ultra constant discharging. But what sets UCD lighting apart?

Features of UCD Lighting:

• High Efficiency 108 LM/W

• Super Slim and Lightweight

• Working Temperature Range of -50° C to +85° C

• Automatic shutdown on failure of ignition and overheating

• Eco-Friendly lighting solution

The Uses of UCD Lighting

Ultra Constant Discharge, or UCD Lighting, is the newest innovation in green lighting solutions. UCD Lighting is a substitute for mercury lamps, high-pressure sodium lamps, induction lamps, LED and metal halide lamps. Energy saving lights are becoming popular options for everything from household lighting to commercial and industrial uses. There are many applications for UCD Lighting, including:

• Public facilities

• Street lighting

• Security lighting

• Park lighting

• Industrial and Commercial uses

• Residential housing

More Benefits of the Design Build Process

We are often asked what the advantages of design-build are when compared to the conventional system of architect and general contractor. Here are a few of our favorite reasons to choose a design-built system.

• If you choose a design-build firm, you are sticking with them throughout the whole process. You aren’t dealing with multiple entities, which ensures a higher efficiency and a better final product.

How Does Design-Build Work?

At first glance, the design-build method may not look too different from design-bid-build. Our method starts off similar to the traditional method of construction by completing the preliminary drawings. This however is where things begin to divulge from the traditional process of design-bid-build.

Why use Design-Build instead of Design-Bid-Build?

  1. With design-build, you’ll have one point of contact to contact for status updates and accountability for the project. Since the entire project – including the architect(s) and engineer(s) needed - is coordinated by the design-builder, any typical denial of responsibility or blame disputes between the architect and builder are avoided.
  2. Seeing the entire project’s scope from the beginning allows the design-builder to provide a more accurate quote since they receive all sub-contracted bids up front.

Design Build Contracts

You’re probably familiar with the design-bid-build construction project. You start with the architect, who works with an engineer to design the project. Once the design is finished, you put the project up for bid and select a builder. Sometimes disputes of responsibility or direction arise between the builder and the architect that can prove to be costly in both time and money.

What Do You Need for a Successful Design/Build Project?

According to Louis E. Rowe, P.E., a successful design-build project requires:

Design/Build Provides an Alternative to Building Frustrations

Design/Build is an alternative approach that streamlines the process of tenant improvement or building and enables budget discipline from beginning to end. The design/build firm will take full responsibility for design, construction, and satisfactory completion by delivering the project on time and on budget.