Design-build greatly simplifies the process in situations such as this. Sunrise Trail (4 foot tread), McDowell Sonoran Preserve, City of Scottsdale, AZ.
Because natural surface trails are so organic and responsive to the nuances of the site, it can be difficult and time-consuming for a designer to specify design details for construction by a third party. In fact, specification can be so difficult that some designers unpleasantly straighten and simplify their designs to reduce their own paperwork. Sadly, this diminishes the trail experience for the countless visitors who will travel the trail.
Design-build lets us directly build what we design. Without skimping on design, we can reduce record-keeping to no more than what is needed for your own files or our own planning processes. As a result:
For larger or specialized projects, we sometimes subcontract or partner with professional trail designers with whom we have a close working relationship. Close relationship, shared trail knowledge, open communication, and onsite project walkthroughs provide most of the benefits of design-build when working with these partners.