- Questions to Ask:
- "What are the big elements driving the schedule and cost?"
- "What would be the effect of changing ___ on a project?"
- List the pros, cons, and potential impacts associated with the change.
- Analyze how hard it would be overcome the cons and get an idea of the total effort required by all parties.
- Is it a total redesign?
- What time is associated with the redesign?
- Can't always overcome the cons, but in many instances you can at least achieve a portion of the savings
Large Scale Modifications
- Revamp overall site layout/grades
- Sheet flow stormwater to reduce storm pipe
- Modify from a masonry or precast structure to tilt-up concrete
- Foundations or structural system redesign
- HVAC system redesign or optimization
- Reducing building over-excavation depths
- Inefficient parking garage parking
|MICRO (DETAILED) APPROACH
- Identifying minor design and material changes that can be made during design review or drawing development
- Not possible without completing a thorough check set, specifications review, and understanding the owners needs vs. wants.
- Don't underestimate the significance of Micro VE.
- Always remember, a lot of small changes can add up to significant savings.
- Consider the old CSI 16 division, if you can save just $10,000 in each, that's $160,000 in total savings.
Small Scale Modifications
- Changing exterior stone type
- Reducing roof insulation thickness
- Removing gravel under sidewalks
- Replacing tile showers with prefab units
- Replacing steel framed canopies with prefab units
|BEST PRACTICESVE IN TODAYS MARKET
VE in Today's Market
- Now more than ever, the "value" in value engineering isn't just dollars. It can be time as well.
- Example: A $10,000 premium for a product that you can get 6-weeks sooner could be well worthy the cost
- Talk to suppliers and subs about alternate options when presented with lead time challenges or material unavailability.