In our 120 years of experience, we found that design assist is an integral part of our collaborative process. Every project now includes this crucial step.

Design Assist is the Zahner project delivery method in which owners, contractors, architects, and fabricators work together at the beginning of project to develop a plan for building the project for success. A project completed with a Zahner Design Assist phase will reduce "value engineering" from occurring later in the project's development. This ultimately improves the bottom line, providing predictability and cost savings for the owner team.

For more than a century, architects, owners, and design professionals have turned to Zahner to find solutions for many of the world’s most complex challenges in metal and glass. The Design Assist process allows stakeholders to draw upon Zahner’s expertise to ensure each project is clearly defined and value engineered for efficiency before construction begins.

Design Assist ensure quality systems at predictable costs. Pictured: Petersen Automotive Museum
Design Assist ensure quality systems at predictable costs. Pictured: Petersen Automotive Museum

As the architectural industry continues to trend toward a collaborative process, Design Assist provides a unique solution to fill the gap of a specific set of desired skills. Zahner provides ease of communication and collaboration through a clear process of helping clients think through the potential risks to arrive at the highest quality and most efficient design possible. The Design Assist team develops system details, project budgets and value engineering, creating a general framework from which Operations can easily follow throughout the fabrication and installation phases.

By addressing design issues prior to fabrication, Design Assist allows for improved constructibility and mitigates the need for excessive change orders and Requests for Information (RFIs) in the field, while controlling budget and improving estimated timelines. Allowing for a Design Assist in the project development process often results in an opportunity to take the vision further.

If desired, Zahner is equipped to provide long-term, onsite consultation. Depending upon the complexity of the project, Zahner consultants often work in teams to broaden the expertise available to the client. As a comprehensive organization, clients know that no matter the challenge, Zahner will have the solution.

To learn more, contact a member of the Zahner sales team to bring Zahner in on a phase one Design Assist contract for your project — and ensure success.