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New Talent

Sharonville, Ohio.

Kiesland is pleased to welcome Sarah Donohue to our project management staff.

Sarah Donohue is a recent graduate of Northern Kentucky University’s Construction Management program. Prior to that she has 14 years of experience in ecclesiastical and residential design. Coming from the design world, Sarah brings a unique perspective to the construction side. In her spare time enjoys traveling and outdoor activities.


New Talent

Sharonville, Ohio.

Kiesland is pleased to welcome Scott Campbell to our project management staff.

Scott H Campbell has been in the construction industry for more than 34 years. The majority of his experience has been in the electrical field.  Scott holds his Electrical Masters & Contractors License in Florida, Kentucky, and Ohio. He has vast knowledge of building systems from offices, commercial, industrial and refrigeration facilities. For the past 20 years he has worked as an inspector, estimator, and project manager. Scott is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Business Operations – Project Manager w/ Finance at Southern New Hampshire University.

Kiesland Invests in Procore

Sharonville, Ohio. We are pleased to announce we are now using the most innovative technology in the industry. Procore is an online platform designed to provide the whole project picture, in real time with comprehensive information to all stakeholders.

With Procore we can give our customers real time updates and resolve issues faster. The entire team has access to the app, available on any mobile device. So anywhere we are – our clients, design partners and vendors are plugged in. We can communicate problems and collaborate on solutions as they happen. No more hunting for information or inadvertently looking at the wrong plan revisions.

– Central repository for key documents such as drawings and specs, intelligently sorted so the most current information is always at your fingertips.

– Interactive feature links plans and details so design concepts are easier to understand

– Expedite and simplify submittals and get questions answered quickly

– Archived daily progress and safety reports for increased accountability

– Automated punch-list feature streamlines this process for quicker turnover

– Quicker close-out with as-built drawings, warranties and operational manuals provided.

www.procore.comProcore Benefits

Linda Felsheim joins the Kiesland Team

Joining Kiesland as Business Office Manager, Linda Felsheim’s responsibilities include office organization and company growth support. With a professional background of nineteen years in office management, Linda brings financial/operational skills, human resources administration and marketing support to KDS. Most recently she worked in the manufacturing industry.

Linda is a fifth generation Sharonville resident. She and her husband, Gilbert, love to travel and spend time with family and friends. They live in a century old (“money pit”) home near the downtown area.

Why Use Design Build vs Design Bid Build

First, we will outline the differences of these two methods of approaching a construction project.

Design Build

In the Design Build method of construction the owner hires a single entity, the Design Builder. The Design Builder will use in house or sub contract with other outside professionals for the design and engineering of the project. This can include such services as surveyor, architect, civil and structural engineers and interior designers. Design Build is a highly collaborative process with the owner having a single source of contact that performs the collaboration between service providers, while providing real time input on costs and scheduling.

Design Bid Build

For many years Design Bid Build was the traditional method of approaching a construction project. The owner would interview multiple architects, hire one that would design the entire project independently from the contractor. The owner then would put these documents out to general contractors for fixed project bids. Collaboration between service providers would come through the architect with costs and scheduling input coming later in the process after the contractor is selected.

Owners should consider the following in determining the best method of approaching a construction project:

  • Time and technical ability in-house to closely manage the process
  • Sensitivity to schedule and cost escalations
  • Comfort with bearing project risk

Owners who have little time or funding set aside to closely manage the construction process, or who don’t want to bear project risk, find the more collaborative Design Build process much more effective.

Design Build Advantages:

  • Integrated process of overlapping design and construction (faster process) under one contract. Much easier and simpler process for the owner.
  • Two prime players (owner and Design Build Company) and one point of contact.
  • Faster Delivery with no down time for bidding and site work can begin prior to final plans being completed. Building construction can also begin prior to plans being complete, this also allows owner flexibility to make changes during the process.
  • Only one entity for owner to communicate with so this eliminates owner from liability for construction and design issues.
  • This process is most cost effective with Design Builders having access to updated construction costs so value engineering can be occurring throughout the entire process.
  • Integrating services eliminates conflicts that arise in most construction projects. Having all parties on the same page allows for fast tracking and on time delivery.

A study by Penn State found that Design Build projects have the following:

  • 6% reduction in change orders
  • 33% faster for entire project
  • 6% cost savings
  • 12% faster construction

Numerous studies have been completed by the Construction Industry Institute comparing Design Build to Design Bid Build, below are some results:

  • Both owners and contractors stated the Design Build methods of approaching projects have outperformed Design Bid Build in cost, scheduling, changes and rework.
  • Overall outcome and use of the buildings was much higher
  • Higher quality finished product
  • Greatest opportunity of maintaining an on-time construction schedule














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