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A handful of new developments in Burlingame, California, are inspiring developers to rethink the pre-construction phase. The developer, Dewey Land Co. has brought the team of architects and builders to the table from day one on its latest project, and the collaborative approach has expedited the development process and helped to keep things on budget. Architecture firm MBH Architects, which worked on both projects, says that it recommends getting everyone in the same room as early as possible.

“Most projects start with the architect and the developer designing the project on their own and then bringing in the contractor later on,” Andres Grechi, a principal at MBH Architects, tells GlobeSt.com. “We think differently. We think the contractor, the architect and the developer need to be together at the table from day one. The key is to have the trio connected, and they need to agree what the process and the product is going to be. Everything stems from a personal level, and everyone needs to understand the rules from the beginning of the game. We need to know from day one that the project we are designing meets the developer’s needs, schedule and the budget. That is key.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance writer and editor living in Los Angeles whose work has appeared in such publications as Travel + Leisure, Angeleno and Los Angeles Magazine.

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