Innovative Cost Savings in Construction
TITAN Consultants has a Value Engineering department that specializes in providing maximum value for your project.
We have a systematic process for ensuring you, the Owner, gets the best bang for the buck on your project. For every project that has been designed, we will automatically start our Value Engineering process. Our Value Engineering Specialist – Patrick Gant teaches VE to contractors. Below is a list of steps that we take to ensure that we have effectively captured Value Engineering on your project.
STEP 1: Schedule
Within 2 business days of receipt of the design from the design team, our team will meet and determine an appropriate schedule to effectively utilize Value Engineering on the project. We will coordinate with the Design Team and Owner on our schedule. After receiving the design documents, we will submit the VE schedule for the project within 3 days.
STEP 2: Pick the Team
Aside from the Owner and Design Team playing a crucial part in the Value Engineering process, we will bring the following Construction Management Team to implement the Value Engineering system:
Value Engineering Lead / GC / PE (VEL)
The VEL will be the lead on the VE project. With the VEL’s experience in commercial construction along with carrying an active General Contractor and Professional Engineer license, it will be the VEL’s role to ensure that the VE program is carried out completely. The VEL will be accountable for managing and executing the VE program for all projects. He/she will coordinate will all team members to ensure complete end-to-end VE coverage on all projects. The VEL is the liaison between the Construction Management group and the Owner’s representatives and will ensure that the VE proposals will meet constructability and Florida code requirements.
Registered Architect (RA)
The RA’s primary focus is to leverage their experience to meet or exceed the Owner’s goals, while maximizing the value of the project. They will coordinate with the design team and owner to meet the overall objectives of the project, while developing new concepts and features within the project to maximize its value. The RA will coordinate with the Owner, Design Team, and Construction Management Team to effectively implement the VE program, develop the agendas for each VE meeting, and will be the main drive on all VE proposals.
At the Owner’s option, TITAN can provide a LEED Management option as an additional savings with respect to operational costs. Utilizing LEED concepts during the design phase will ensure:
During these times and given the level of technology in the environmental sector, taking additional environmental steps during the planning phase can save the end user a significant amount of money, both in operations and in future upgrades.
Cost Estimator / Scheduler
The estimator/scheduler will be responsible to ensure the overall management of the VE process is properly scheduled and to conduct the necessary VE estimates. The estimator/scheduler plays a critical role in ensuring the VE projects are properly scheduled and coordinated. He will send out calendar invites and prepare the estimates for the designed projects, at the Owner’s option.
Construction Manager / Safety Director (CM)
The CM will ensure that the proposed VE items not only meet constructability, but also logistically and safety standards. Once approved and implemented, The CM will be the POC when it comes to quality control and inspections out on the field to ensure that the VE items are built per the plans and specifications.
STEP 3: Study - Pre-Workshop
The purpose of the pre-workshop is to have a thorough understanding of the project with all the VE Members. The design is analyzed by all team members. During this step, the following items will be scheduled and implemented:
STEP 4: VE Workshop
After the team is picked and the project is properly analyzed (STEPS 1-3), we can then begin the VE Workshop. This phase consists of scheduling and implementing:
Information Phase: We determine what are the Owner’s objectives and what are the design influences. This is where we are to separate Value vs. Cost. What is essential/required of the project and what is not.
Functional Analysis Phase: We then determine what does each system do and what must each system do? This is where we start to uncover potential for savings.
Innovation Phase: After the Information and Functional Phase Meeting, we then reconvene in a week to present rough ideas, discussions, and other brainstorming strategies. Each team member will present their ideas brainstorming, rough ides, and other discussions.
Analytical Phase: Rough ideas are evaluated for implementation into the project. Discussions on if the ideas are practical or beneficial are conducted. Ideas that pass through are pushed into the Development Phase.
Development Phase: The cost for the VE concept is developed and compared to the original cost of the project. Supporting documentation must show that the function of this system meets or exceeds the functional analysis phase. Concepts that are less in cost and meet or exceed the functionality will be pushed into the presentation phase.
STEP 5: Presentation
Presentation Phase – Alternatives and Costs Savings and Supporting Documentation are presented to the Owner. Pros/Cons to Alternatives are discussed without reservation from the VE Team/ It is not the VE Team’s objective to sell an alternative, but to provide the information with supporting documents and expertise.
STEP 6: LEED Implementation (Optional)
If the project is designed without LEED consideration, the LEED team can assist the design team in implementing this during the planning/design phase. This process is separate from the VE process because of the constraints the LEED program has. But the program will be incorporated into the VE process to ensure that we still achieve LEED compliance in the program. At the Owner’s option, we will prepare and submit the application to the USGBC, develop, administer, and maintain the LEED Implementation Plan, incorporate LEED requirements in the contract documents for bidding, conduct Quality Assurance and review Contractor submittals during production, and submit the project for acceptance upon substantial completion to the USGBC.