Value Engineering

Where other firms use primarily architectural and engineering consultants, we strive to incorporate team members that have a strong construction experience into the mix.  This provides the team with an extra dimension to the study.  We apply the extensive experience in the operations and maintenance of manufacturing and industrial facilities to preparation and analysis of life cycle costs and is a major component of any study.  During the information phase we request that the operations and maintenance be involved to provide input.  These people have to operate and maintain the facility long after the study is complete and construction is finished.  This is especially true for the mechanical and electrical systems.

Value Analysis resolves to balance functionality and quality while reducing project costs.

It enables well-founded collaborative decisions on project strategy, scope and key components of design. If started early in the conceptual phase and carried through to the successful completion of a project, value management can lead to significant savings in the project schedule, staff time required to manage the project, capital and lifecycle costs and improved quality.  Thus value analysis can play a role in improving teamwork by enabling a singular focus, project ownership and “buy in.”

Individually and collectively, the team used for any study has a long-term working relationship.  Members of the team have worked together on multiple Value Engineering studies, Constructability Reviews, and Cost Estimating assignments. This trust and openness among the team benefits our clients by providing accurate, honest proposals and study results.

Recent Projects

Black Box Theater – Edmonds Community College

Edmonds, Washington

Provided Value Engineering for the new Information Technology center and Black Box theater.  This $20 million, 40,000SF building is a state-of–the art instructional facility located in the heart of the existing campus.  Recommended alternatives improved the functionality and reduced the budgeted costs by $475,000.

photo of a theater building

Edmonds Black Box Theater

Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) Blue Line Extension

Charlotte, North Carolina

The Northeast Corridor Light Rail Project, one of Charlotte’s five rapid transit corridors, extends 10.6 miles from Center City Charlotte through the North Davidson (NoDa) and University areas to I-485 north of UNCC. The dual track system will be considered an extension of the existing South Corridor with 13 proposed stations.  The estimated cost of this project in $974 Million in 2010 dollars.

Based on John’s experience with the Construction Management team at Sound transit, he was the cost estimator on the RH Partnering value engineering team responsible for developing costs and construction logistics for alternative designs.

photo of Charlotte Transit station

CATS 7th Street Station