Design Build

construction management services


Why Design Build?

The key to Design Build project delivery is a culture of communication and teamwork between the project owner, architect and general contractor. The architect hires a general contractor at the front end of the project and the two collaborate throughout the design and preconstruction planning phases.

This streamlined process, with a single contract between the owner and the Design Build team, saves the owner from playing intermediary. The architect is the troubleshooter, finding solutions to issues as they arise. This saves valuable time and money and delivers the project quicker than with the Design Bid Build method, which involves separate contracts and separate work.

Imagine the luxury of focusing on quality before cost! identityBUILT will negotiate with the general contractor to utilize their best subcontractors familiar with the project's specifications -- or tailor the specifications for qualified subs. This integrated team incorporates BIM (Building Information Modeling) and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification goals.

Over the past 15 years, use of the Design Build model has greatly increased, making it one of the most significant trends in design and construction today. Across the country and around the world, Design Build successfully delivers retail and office buildings, schools, stadiums, transportation and water infrastructure projects with superior results. 

Design Build is recognized by industry leaders as a superior model when compared to the traditional Design Bid Build approach. The Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) has identified a number of advantages: "This simple but fundamental difference saves money and time by transforming the relationship between designers and builders into an alliance which fosters collaboration and teamwork."

Advantages include:

Single Source of Responsibility. The Design Build process has the ability to provide an owner with a single source of responsibility and accountability for all aspects of a project.  This also allows the owner to manage one contract instead of multiple contracts between the design consultants and the general contractor which generally leaves the door open to finger pointing when a challenge arises. 

Save Time. The Design Build process establishes a collaborative and integrated team that can significantly reduce the "from design to construction" time required by creating an environment of teamwork and streamlined communication while also significantly reducing the potential for design and construction errors.  Per the Design Build Institute of America, Design Build projects are about 30% faster to market than the traditional Design Bid Build schedule allows.

Save Money. In traditional Design Bid Build scenarios subcontractors and suppliers - who make up 80% of a projects cost - are not engaged until detailed project plans have been prepared for bidding. As part of the integrated Design Build team, this input is incorporated into the project from the start, avoiding costly change orders later on in the project.

Why "Architect-Led" Design Build?

Architects uniquely bring Vision, Client Focus, Leadership, and Technical Knowledge to the process.  Architects have always been industry leading trend-setters charged with crafting creative and visionary solutions.  From the very beginning of their academic training architects are taught to listen to and learn from the client; translating the client's vision into reality. As projects move from design to construction, the architect continues to serve the client by leading and managing the building team. Architects are natural “master builders” who best understand codes, materials and building systems.


Founded in 2010, identityBUILT is an Architect-Led Design Build and Construction Management group teamed with identityARCHITECTS.  Our expertise stems from the engrained belief that hands-on experience in both design and construction, when combined with strategic planning and management best practices, provides superior project coordination; reduced cost to the owner; and more timely project delivery. We have extensive experience with multiple project types including office, retail, hospitality and healthcare. Our staff  and leadership include architects, interior designers, engineers, LEED professionals and field tested construction managers. We are Master Builders leading jobs from start to finish with focus on your time, investment and identity.

Keenon Rayner AIA As identityBUILT's founder, Keenon embarked on the mission to offer clients single-source responsibility for both the design and construction of buildings. Keenon graduated from Texas Tech University with a Masters of Architecture in 1999. In addition to his proven design skills and project management ability, Keenon led identityARCHITECTS construction administration services for over ten years, obtaining keen insight that is engrained in the processes and work ethic of identityBUILT.



Travis Walla received his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design with emphasis in Construction Management from Texas A&M University in 2003. Travis joined the firm in 2015, following 12 years leading design and construction teams for Comanche Contractors, Read King Commercial Real Estate, NewQuest Properties, Weingarten Realty and The Howard Hughes Corporation. Travis is a proven Development Manager with extensive background in design, construction and tenant coordination. Projects have ranged in complexity and size including interior build-outs, retail core and shell and mixed-use developments including retail, restaurant and hospitality. 



Dave Kastendieck A forty year career in the field of architecture provides Dave with a vast understanding of pricing, sequencing, methods and problem solving, making him invaluable to our clients in the planning and construction of a new facility. Dave graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelors of Architecture in 1976. His project experience encompasses retail, health care, office, multi-family, restaurants, financial institutions, and various other commercial and institutional buildings.




identityBUILT offers comprehensive services that are custom packaged based on the varying needs of the client and project. Design Build allows projects to run faster with better cost management through collaborative, overlapping design and construction efforts. If your design is ready, let identityBUILT relieve you of the day-to-day role of managing project complexities.

·         Architect-Led Design Build:  identityBUILT's primary focus is the Design Build process. Because the architect is also construction manager, feedback is timely and priorities for design, cost and schedule are clear. One point of contact provides seamless, efficient communication with the owner.

·         Design Services:  identityBUILT has critical expertise in resolving early unknowns, such as assessing the feasibility of a project and vetting real estate opportunities. We help clients strategically plan their project, to determine how much space they actually need, and to test-fit their project on potential sites. We serve as a valuable resource in clarifying options for project owners, offering construction alternatives that allow the owner to fully assess project economics.

·         Construction Management: The heart of identityBUILT’s expertise is construction management. Our process includes an experienced team focused on quality, cost control and on-time project delivery.  We have the experience and expertise to manage all phases of the construction process, including bid negotiation, contract procurement, construction phase management, cost and progress reporting, project closeout and turnover to the operations team.

·         General Contractor Network and Referrals:  We systematically pre-qualify general contractors, subcontractors, vendors, and suppliers prior to starting a project. Each company working on a project has been carefully selected by identityBUILT based on the scope of the project, the needs of the client, skill and experience.  This assurance delivers quality, efficiency and success to every project we undertake.




identityBUILT corporate office

identityBUILT corporate office

111 Travis St.

Houston, TX 77002

713.595.2195 main

713.595.2198 fax