Sales and Engineering

Design Build

Design Build - The New Normal

Design build project delivery simplifies projects and reduces risk because the owner manages only one contract with a single point of responsibility. The designers and contractors are on the same team allowing a unified response to changes and challenges. The traditional design-bid-build method requires the owner to manage multiple contracts and relationships, settling disputes between designers and contractors. Conflict and finger pointing can occur, forcing the owner into a dispute resolution role. 

Operational Benefits of Design Build:

  • Faster build
  • Lower costs
  • Project price proposal delivered before spending on design and working drawings
  • Single point of responsibility 
  • Designer and builder on the same team
  • Realistic project costs established early in design phase 
  • Less Disputes, the owner is not the mediator between designer and builder
  • Less change orders
  • Warranty/performance guarantee for completed project
  • Option to shift maintenance and operation risk to design build contractor

Cost Comparison of Project Delivery Methods

The Construction Industry Institute (CII)/Penn State researched 351 projects ranging from 5,000 to 2.5 million square feet and found the following:

Metric Design Build vs
Design Bid Build
Design Build vs
Construction Management at Risk
Unit Cost 6.1% lower 4.5% lower
Construction Speed 12% faster 7% faster
Delivery Speed 33.5% faster 23.5% faster
Cost Growth 5.2% less 12.6% less
Schedule Growth 11.4% less 2.2% less

Risk Transference from Owner to Design Build Team:

  • Cost Control
  • Project Schedule
  • Performance of completed project
  • Quality of completed project 
  • Compliance with codes and standards

Peterson Capabilities

Offering design build services requires advanced capabilities from a supplier. Peterson has invested heavily in our capabilities and brings significant resources:

  • Seasoned, knowledgeable sales force, that work with most advanced companies and agencies
  • In-house design and engineering teams in San Leandro, California and Portland, Oregon
  • In-house fabrication shops and OEM certified instructors
  • Full time project managers experienced with complex integration
  • World renowned products backed by project performance warranties
  • Global partnerships with vendors who support design build


In-house Engineering for Custom Projects

Peterson Power Systems project management and project engineering group is comprised of two teams based in San Leandro, California and Portland, Oregon. The group has a vast amount of experience in mechanical and electrical construction and service industries as well as a combined 100+ years of Caterpillar dealership experience.& The members of this group are essential to the delivery of every industrial and marine propulsion engine as well as every piece of standby and prime power generation equipment sold by Peterson Power Systems.

The team provides documentation including 3D AutoCad drawings, engineering submittals and full Operation and Maintenance manuals with every project as applicable. From a simple Automatic Transfer Switch to multiple generators and paralleling switchgear, custom sound attenuated enclosures for land-based and marine applications, load banks, diesel particulate filters, fuel polishing systems and every other item on a bill of materials will be identified and documented for accurate record keeping. Project managers and engineers are a resource for information concerning seismic certification, exhaust emission requirements and a myriad of equipment application questions.

Once submittals are approved we monitor the fabrication, production, testing and shipment every step of the way to insure on time delivery. We will meet the delivery at site to inspect equipment and assist our customer/contractor during off-loading and setting equipment. We remain available throughout the installation and startup process to answer questions and help in any way we can.

We have dedicated Marine project management with two Caterpillar Certified Marine Analysts on our team to assist with technical issues and participate in sea trials when needed.

The project management group has orchestrated projects with our customers locally, across the U.S.A. and even around the world on land and sea.


Cat Financial

As a captive finance company, Cat Financial understands your unique needs and the industries in which you operate. They are uniquely structured to support the specific needs of Peterson customers. Their vast expertise in assessing equipment values and their knowledge of customers' businesses often result in more favorable lending terms.

Peterson and Cat Financial industry finance experts understand your business and are dedicated to making your operation successful.


  • Instant approval up to $25,000
  • Credit decision within seconds of applying
  • Consumer cards available for personal use purchases 

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