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Last edited 24 Feb 2020
Design coordination is a broad term describing the integration of designs prepared by different members of the project team to create a single, unified set of information that can be constructed without clashes between components. Effective design coordination can help to reduce costs, delays and disruption that can be caused by problems on site and the need for remedial or abortive works and redesign.
Where there are a number of different specialist contractors or suppliers involved in the later stages of the design, in particular during the technical design stage, a design coordinator may be appointed to oversee coordination and integration those designs. They can also be known as design managers.
The main tasks of a design coordinator are the establishment of design management protocols and clear communication of expectations and deliverables with designers and design subcontractors. They are also largely responsible for the delivery of fully coordinated design proposals and production information, and must monitor design production so they are able to provide design progress reviews to lead designers, lead consultants, project managers and client teams. In addition, they should be tasked with document management, the distribution of design information to relevant stakeholders, and completion and maintenance of records.
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