Case Study: Finding Success with Design-Build at Optima Kierland

For over four decades, Optima has been developing, designing, building and managing striking urban and suburban luxury residential communities. Optima Kierland, a two-tower, luxury condominium and apartment development, is their twelfth project in Arizona. The uniquity in Optima’s approach lies in their project delivery: Optima solely delivers projects through Design-Build.

Suntec and Optima have completed over ten buildings together. The success that Optima and Suntec have seen at Optima Kierland and past collaborations can be attributed to key personnel. By strategically appointing individuals to key roles, Suntec and Optima have managed to consistently produce some of the highest quality buildings with a similarly high level of efficiency.

By utilizing Design-Build, Optima Kierland managed to eliminate 100% of value engineering after design and incorporate specific details into their plans. This greatly streamlined the project’s delivery, reduced the potential for design flaws, and ensured the best performance from both a structural and design perspective. The work environment and inter-team relationships benefitted as well: without the inherent stressors and tensions that can arise from unclear drawings, impractical design, and making changes that divert from the original vision of the project’s design, the Optima Kierland team was free to focus entirely on the actual construction of the project.“We have completed over ten buildings with Suntec on a design/build basis where Suntec engineered and constructed the structure. Suntec has been a great partner and team player throughout the process. We have found design/build delivery to be very cost-effective and extremely efficient thereby reducing cycle time.  Suntec brings an extremely knowledgeable and capable team to our projects adding value at every step.”

Karl Schneider
Senior Vice President of Construction
Optima, Inc.


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