Design-Build Trends to Watch for in the New Year

January 31, 2024

We’re living in highly innovative times when it comes to the design-build industry. Broader shifts in society – from new technologies to environmental demands – are combining with tighter business practice to optimize the many services that construction industry professionals provide. And rather than sacrifice aesthetics, the latest design methods are enhancing the appearance of what builders can provide.

Take a look at four of the biggest trends you’re sure to see more of in the months and years to come.

1. Innovations in Sustainability & Green Building Practices

Clients want buildings that produce fewer carbon emissions, and construction companies are responding in a multitude of ways. One prominent trend-watcher noted recently that “90% of construction industry respondents believe that a shift toward environmental sustainability is imminent.” This means designers are continuously finding new ways to create beautiful, functional and eco-friendly spaces.

What might this look like during your next building project?

  • Use of recycled plastics and bio-based materials

  • Inclusion of alternative energy

  • Water-conserving designs

  • Energy-creating facades

  • Green rooftops and vertical gardens

Buildings are complex creatures. Construction companies aren’t just finding ways to produce less waste in their building practices, although that is certainly happening. More of them will also be working with clients to fold innovative, sustainable concepts into their building plans. Even a more “passive” design that makes use of the surrounding natural resources can make a difference when it comes to preserving our environment.

2. Use of Smart Technology to Optimize Lighting & Energy Performance

There are endless ways buildings can use technology to optimize their energy usage and overall performance. A growing array of lighting sensors, smart thermostats and other automated systems give tenants more control over their indoor climate. Today’s smarter control systems make it easier to make sure facilities are running smoothly and efficiently, enabling you to create a more comfortable environment for your occupants.

Meanwhile, as 3D printing abilities allow for the rapid production of building components on-site, it’s no wonder this technique is also being used in a variety of construction-related processes, as well.

3. More Collaborative Approach Through Virtual Design & Construction (VDC)

Not to be confused with virtual technology, virtual design and construction (VDC) is a phrase that is sometimes used to describe a more collaborative approach to construction designs today. All kinds of buildings are being created today with the assistance of VDC. At the onset of a project, your construction partner will take extra steps to understand your needs thoroughly. This process can enable a building design that completely aligns with the different ways the interior spaces will be used.

This VDC process can take on various forms:

  1. Gathering information on the client’s overall goals
  2. Sharing detailed plans throughout the team
  3. Constructing a 3D model
  4. Analyzing and performing simulations
  5. Heightened coordination between team members


Not every project operates the same way. But better ways to integrate input from different specialists helps streamline the building process and result in a shorter timeline.

4. More Leveraging of Data to Empower Clients

The increased focus on ways to leverage data will be useful in helping clients explore ideas so they can understand the many choices available to them. Expertise from engineers, designers, project managers and even suppliers can be integrated into the design. Too many companies lose money due to construction errors that could have been prevented with more overall collaboration.

The attention to detail at W. A. RANDOLPH, INC. leads to a more innovative design-build process while helping clients improve on cost savings.

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Design styles and processes are always evolving. That’s why it’s vital to have a trusted design-build partner such as W. A. RANDOLPH, INC. that stays on top of current trends and innovations. You can rest assured knowing that our building processes adhere to the highest industry standards.

The team at W. A. RANDOLPH, INC. is happy to provide a free initial consultation. Contact us online to start planning your next design-build project.