MANHATTAN BEACH, CA—C.W. Driver has just completed the $19 million Manhattan Beach Library development in Downtown Manhattan Beach. The builder built the property on a designer/builder contract, which meant that they had a heavy hand in the design of the building as well as the construction. According to Tom Jones, the project director at C.W. Driver, this type of contract is becoming increasingly popular.

“This was a design/build construction contract, so the owner contracted with us to complete the design and build the project, and this is a contract delivery method that is becoming more and more popular,” Jones tells “It almost goes back to the master builder concept of construction where one entity designs and builds the property. This is efficient for owners because they only have to hold one contract, and all of the design and construction responsibilities rest on us. This is becoming more popular because it increases collaboration, minimizes risk and is a very cost effective way of doing construction.”

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