Introducing, the industry’s most powerful tool for lowering costs.
Integrated Design-Build Solutions specializes in construction efficiency.
IDBS works closely with clients to develop exclusive products that are rich with amenities but significantly more affordable to build and more affordable rent.
An independent division of Pacific West, IDBS lowers client costs by using an inclusive, “next-generation” process that relies on rigorous design and engineering to allow for a more-efficient, streamlined approach to construction.
It’s a “top down, bottom up” approach that removes variables and redundancies while maximizing the use of “smart labor,” uniform materials, tools and techniques, and off-site manufacturing.
The typical approach to cutting costs is to “grind” subcontractors and material suppliers. GCs often use pressure and leverage to force others to reduce their rates, without offering an alternative for profitability.
IDBS allows clients and project associates to avoid the grind by creating an environment where profitability comes from increased efficiency.
IDBS provides project partners with the process and the technology to eliminate waste and unnecessary markups, avoid time- and money-consuming disputes, and resolve scheduling conflicts.
Products are made more efficient by introducing as many repeatable processes as possible, not just within a project but across all Pacific West projects. Each time a worker repeats a process they become more proficient, and that proficiency increases exponentially with every additional project.
The FlexBuilding, a for-rent, garden-style product, gives clients the freedom and flexibility to alter a building’s density without affecting the overall footprint. Swap several one-bedroom plans for several two-bedroom plans, increase the number of three-bedroom plans on the ground floor, all without affecting a building’s overall footprint or construction costs.MORE
The RowTown, a for-sale, vertical town-home product, is possibly the most construction-efficient multi-family home ever designed. Up to a third of each building is designed to be built off-site, and is engineered for quick and inexpensive transportation and installation. Moreover, the two- or three-story buildings achieve their efficiency without compromising livability.MORE
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Our revolutionary, multi-family products have been designed and engineered to allow for significant portions to be manufactured off-site.
Off-site manufacturing is not only more economical, it’s appreciably faster. Unlike on-site labor, off-site labor is allowed to work in continual shifts, 24 hours a day. Off-site manufacturing also allows us to start construction (on up to a third of a building) from day one. This cuts the overall build time by a month or more.
Off-site manufacturing improves quality. It’s free from environmental variables. Every step is easily managed and monitored. Because we use the same assemblies and manufacturing teams, we can eliminate virtually all errors through experience and repetition.
Off-site sections have even been designed to be transported on regular-sized vehicles. Eliminating oversized loads reduces costs and avoids delays associated with extra DOT requirements.
Building projects is risky.
Building a Project is gambling. It’s a high-risk approach for possibly slightly higher returns. It’s often based on a temporary market bubble, such as an artificial bump in a market’s economy. As history has shown, bubbles always burst.
We don’t believe in gambling, which is why we don’t build Projects.
Building products eliminates risk.
We’re committed to designing products with construction methods that are proven, repeatable, and scalable.
Those building projects need to estimate costs. We guarantee costs.
While building products offers immense benefits for “one off” developments, it’s true strength is realized when applied to multiple projects within the same regional market.
Building projects is often based on an artificial or fragile economic bubble. Renter income and the market economy often appear healthier than they really are, prompting a developer to base rents on the bubble. If history has shown us anything, it’s that bubbles burst. Always. That’s the only true guarantee with project building.
Basing rents on an artificial bubble can even erode the very market conditions that attracted a developer. The allusion of a strong local economy makes it tempting for a developer to raise initial rents. Those inflated rents absorb expendable income at a higher rate, which can lead to an immediate economic downturn in a market that once seemed so promising. Sometimes, the downturn can happen even before a project reaches 100% percent occupancy.
Costs have never been more critical.
Recent statistics show that while the overall economy is rebounding, real-world wages haven’t kept pace with other sectors. Renter income can appear higher than it really is, and the market seems more flexible than it really is.
Maximizing profits by boosting pricing, or keeping rents unnecessarily high, is extremely risky. Tenants are starting to see apartments and multi-family homes as viable, long-term alternatives to detached housing. They demand the absolute most for their money.
Keeping rents reasonable nurtures a growing market, allowing developers and other project members to further their success by building multiple projects.
Building a project can actually erode the very market that initially attracted a developer. Higher-priced rents absorb expendable income at an artificially high rate, leading to an economic downturn in a regional market. Often, the downturn occurs even before a project reaches full occupancy, putting the project at risk and erasing future opportunities for additional apartment developments.
It’s clear, building projects instead of products just isn’t good business. Not for clients, not for customers, not for communities.