What is design build?

Explore YBC's process of creating iconic timber bridges

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Collaboration & efficiency

In the design build approach, the designer and builder collaborate seamlessly under a unified contract from the project's initiation, fostering a cohesive and collaborative atmosphere throughout the entire process.

How Does our design build process work?

YBC is dedicated to bringing your vision to life through collaborative solutions. With nearly 40 years of experience, we understand the challenges you may face when it comes to crossing projects. Just know that YBC is here to help you overcome them with practical and innovative solutions.

Our Design Build process lies at the heart of our approach. We prioritize the surrounding environment, your unique vision to create a crossing that is unique. From the initial concept to the final execution, we are with you every step of the way.

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Infographic comparing traditional construction methods vs our Design Build processes.

The Design Phase

Gaining an understanding of what your project is where we start. Through a series of collaborations York Bridge Concepts' will guide you through the process. This increases efficiency with your projects and provides you with a single-source of truth, helping your project management efforts.

step 1

Understanding Your Vision

The journey begins with you. The foundation of YBC's success is actively listening to what your vision, goals, and requirements are for your project. By meeting with our Bridge Consultants, we will both gain a comprehensive understanding of your project at hand.

step 2

site assessment

This is one of the most crucial steps in the process. Understanding your site-specific scope by studying the topography, environment, hydrology, and soil condition factors allows YBC to utilize our expertise to create a bespoke package for your crossing.

step 3


This step is the core of YBC's business. Our team of talented designers will collaborate with you to bring your vision to life. We utilize cutting-edge techniques and materials to create the crossing you will enjoy for generations.

step 4

Material Selection

Our procurement team will work to find the best long-lasting materials and finishes to create an awe-inspiring crossing that suits your needs and vision. We carefully select high-quality materials from responsibly managed forests. This process ensures the structural integrity and aesthetics that complement the surrounding environment



Construction organizations plan to use contractors that use the design-build process over the next five years.*



Organizations that plan on utilizing companies that use the design-build methodologies in their processes.*


reduction of construction time

Organizations see significantly faster build times versus traditional construction projects.**

Creating a single-source of responsibility

A single entity, a single contract, and a unified workflow from the initial concept to completion characterize the design build approach, also called design/construct and single-source responsibility. We will walk through York Bridge Concepts' design-build process to better understand how this benefits your project.

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The Build Phase

Once all stakeholders approve the design, YBC begins with logistics, project management, and the construction phase of building your icon.

step 5

Permitting Collaboration

We support our clients with engineering packages to gain the approval of the governing jurisdiction. With YBC's national presence, we have experience permitting in every state. Note: YBC does not handle permitting.

step 6

master craftsmanship

This is where YBC shines. Our crews have a combined experience of over 100 years. Most YBC foremen have extensive experience in timber bridge building. Our experience is what sets us apart from the competition. We use advanced techniques that guarantee efficiency, quality, environmental guidelines, and adherence to project timelines.

step 7

On-site construction

Our teams diligently adhere to our uncompromising attention to quality. YBC's QC process meets or exceeds the highest safety and industry standards. We mobilize our custom, heavy-duty equipment to your location. This process mitigates as much risk as possible to your project by being able to make adjustments as needed. 

step 8

Inspection & Maintenance

YBC offers ongoing support and maintenance for your timber crossing. Our diligent inspections, maintenance services, and York Timber Protective SystemsTM ensure that your icon will last for generations.

Efficiency Through collaboration since 1985

We work to help you face your challenges with practical solutions and back that up with our nearly 40 years of experience.

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Design Build Process:

Creating unique one-of-a-kind timber bridges from scratch

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DeceroTM Timber Bridge Design

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On-Site Construction Process

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*A Guide To Design Build: https://constructionblog.autodesk.com/design-build-construction/

**KConn Construction: https://www.kconinc.com/design-build-vs-traditional-construction-whats-the-difference/

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