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Institutional | BUILDINGS BY DESIGN

'We retain our heritage as a small
company with small-town values.'
Over the last 12 years we have teamed with Chief Buildings for our
PEMB projects. Their expertise and willingness to think out of the
typical PEMB box has been invaluable to our clients and to us. We
couldn't have picked a better partner in the PEMB arena."
The work that comes to Buildings By Design comes through either
design/bid/build or design/build formats. The company tends to
focus more on the design/build sphere where the owner comes to
the company before selecting the design team. "That way, they work
with us on their requirements and we can work with the owner
closely on design and finishes based on their needs and wants,"
Lefever says.

Team Approach
Internally, Buildings By Design has put together a strong team of
project managers, business development experts and operations
specialists. Everyone in the company has a wide range of experience,
which helps the company work with project owners. The company
has also invested in building ties with its subcontractors and vendors. Buildings By Design has many preferred vendors, but it also

has a thorough vetting process that allows it to get to know any new
vendors that come to the table.
Continuous improvement is another important area for Buildings
By Design. Last year, it brought in an outside consulting company to
help look for areas of improvement.
"They looked at what we do, both internally and externally and
spent time in our office monitoring how we handle daily tasks," Lefever says. "After a month, they gave recommendations and helped
us write policies and set goals within our company to helps us be as
organized as possible as we go from business development to project
scheduling to project management. Having another set of eyes helping us during our growth phase was very beneficial."
Buildings By Design believes its future looks bright. Colorado has
a growing economy and an expanding population. It expects the
Colorado construction market to be strong, although it knows there
are challenges related to the steel industry with Chinese and American steel. The decline in the oil industry has also impacted parts of
Colorado. But overall, Buildings By Design believes the future holds
increased construction opportunities for the company to pursue.
"We've been growing in the last few years, so we are where we
want to be for the short term," Lefever says. "Our company is all
about relationships. We continue to grow but we retain our heritage as a small company with small-town values. When we make a
promise to a client, we work to live up to that promise. We believe in
transparency and we love seeing an owner's thoughts and dreams
come true with projects they can be proud of."
By Design can work with
ยป Buildings
architects and designers to create
aesthetically pleasing buildings.

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