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What is M&E Design and Build

M&E design and build refers to the integration of mechanical and electrical (M&E) systems design and construction into a single entity, or package, in a construction project. This approach is similar to the traditional Design-Build delivery method, in which a single entity is responsible for both the design and construction of a project. However, with M&E design and build, the entity is specifically focused on the mechanical and electrical systems of the project. This approach is used to streamline the project delivery process and ensure that the M&E systems are fully integrated with the overall design and construction of the project. The M&E design-builder would be responsible for the design, supply, installation, testing, commissioning and maintenance of the M&E systems, this approach is usually used for complex projects such as hospitals, airports, and large commercial buildings.


Design-build and traditional project delivery methods (also known as design-bid-build) have different advantages and disadvantages depending on the project and the specific needs of the owner. Some benefits of design-build compared to traditional methods include:


Faster project delivery: Design-build allows for the design and construction phases to occur simultaneously, which can result in a faster overall project delivery time.

Single point of contact: With design-build, the owner only has to deal with one entity (the design-build team) instead of multiple entities (the design team and the construction team). This can simplify communication and decision-making.

Cost savings: Design-build can result in cost savings for the owner by allowing for more efficient use of resources and minimizing the potential for change orders and delays.

Improved quality: By integrating the design and construction phases, design-build allows for more collaboration between the design and construction teams, which can result in improved project quality.


Traditional methods have some benefits as well such as:

Competitive bidding: Traditional methods allow the owner to receive multiple bids from different contractors, which can result in a more competitive price.

Greater control: With traditional methods, the owner typically has more control over the design and construction phases, as they are handled by separate entities.

Greater risk management: Design-build can put more risk on the owner since the design-build firm is responsible for both design and construction, but in traditional methods, the owner can separate the design and construction risks by choosing different firms.

It is important to note that each project is unique and that the choice of delivery method should be based on the specific needs and circumstances of the project, and the owner's goals and preferences.


Alsys undertakes both types of delivery methods. Our set up though is skewed more towards Design and build


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