Design development in construction management is a critical phase of the project that involves the transition from the initial design concept to a more detailed and refined design that can be used for construction. During the design development phase, construction managers work closely with architects, engineers, and other stakeholders to develop a comprehensive plan for the project that includes the design, budget, schedule, and scope.

Here are the key steps involved in design development in construction management:

  1. Review the initial design concept: This involves reviewing the initial design concept to ensure that it meets the client’s needs and is feasible from a construction perspective.
  2. Develop a detailed design: This involves working with the design team to develop a detailed design that includes technical drawings, specifications, and other details necessary for construction.
  3. Establish a budget: This involves developing a comprehensive budget that takes into account the cost of materials, labor, and other expenses associated with the project.
  4. Establish a schedule: This involves developing a detailed schedule that outlines the timeline for each phase of the project, including design development, construction, and project closeout.
  5. Identify potential risks: This involves identifying potential risks and challenges associated with the project and developing strategies to mitigate those risks.
  6. Coordinate with stakeholders: This involves coordinating with stakeholders, including the design team, contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers, to ensure that the project is progressing according to plan.
  7. Monitor progress: This involves monitoring the progress of the project to ensure that it is meeting the established schedule and budget.

Effective design development is critical for the success of a construction project. It helps to ensure that the project is completed on time, within budget, and to the required quality standards. To ensure that the design development process is effective, construction managers need to have a good understanding of the project scope, as well as the resources required to complete the project. They also need to be skilled in project management techniques and able to coordinate effectively with stakeholders.

Founded in 1982, The Eden Group is a civil and structural engineering company based out of Los Angeles and Big Bear Lake. We have a team of professional licensed engineers to help move your project from A to Z. Our services include pre-development phase, research and design, civil engineering, structural engineering, and construction management among others.


With over 2,200 projects completed, we have accumulated the knowledge and expertise to work on any project, big or small, residential, or commercial, and all in-between. Over the years we have built great relations with city officials and city departments which gives us an advantage in processing plans and moving projects forward in an efficient, cost effective, and timely manner.