With budgets, deadlines, and the stress of commercial projects, it’s great to have a partner that can help you along the way, in times of need. Most companies look to solve product issues internally with its’ own resources, but there are companies that are truly built to help in these scenarios. Here are 5 ways the correct partner can help you Value Engineer your project.
1. Extended Network
Most projects are specified with products that are well represented in the geographic area of the project. This can be great from a service perspective, but it does drastically limit product options. Working with a partner that has a diverse network of Manufacturer Relationships all across the US, as well as the World, can open up huge possibilities for product expansion. This can include domestic products to maintain LEED points or even custom made products.
2. Project Savings
When change orders have already been issued driving up the overall project cost, it’s no surprise that flooring is often looked at for budget savings. Since flooring is one of the last finishes to be installed on a project and can have a significant cost impact, it is a common place to look for Value Engineering savings. When this does happen it’s usually thought that the quality or design aesthetic of the product will have to be sacrificed, but this doesn’t have to be the case if you have the correct value engineering partner. With the correct partner, alternative products can be found that will match or even beat initial specified products and most often at a better price. This saving is due because of the extended network and relationships that have been previously developed.
3. Time Savings
When working on tight deadlines, there never seems to be enough hours in the day. You can spend countless hours trying to network and find alternative products for your project, or you can work with a partner that already has an established network. By doing this, you can save a tremendous amount of time and headache and let your focus stay on the project and deadline.
4. Expert Advice
If product changes need be made, you want a partner that is an industry expert. It is usually not hard to find a cheaper product to save money, but there are other things to consider with the total cost. Will the product have the maximum life cycle for the building? Will the installation cost remain the same? What warranty will the new product carry and who is backing it? What will ongoing maintenance cost be for the new product? Unfortunately, it is not unusual for a product to be selected during Value Engineering that may have a lower initial cost but require considerable more maintenance over the life of the product.
5. Last Minute Resource
When changes come at the end of a project, one of the most important things is making sure there are no delays. The proper value engineering partner will be able to pull from its full resource of manufactures and make sure timelines are maintained. If products need to be sourced quickly or moved up in the production line, it is much easier to achieve this when working with the right VE partner.
Want To Learn More About Value Engineering?
South Cypress specializes in value engineering solutions. We know your time is limited and it is our goal to have VE options for you in 24 hours. Want to see how we have helped other companies? Check out our Value Engineering page to learn more about how we have helped other companies and how we can help you on your next project.