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Design Phase Services
Cost Models are management tools which define the
construction budget and set up design parameters with which the project
team will work. It defines and controls the money allocated into each of
the building elements. The cost model then becomes an excellent
tool for focusing the value engineering effort because it clarifies the
cost drivers early in a project. The cost model is structured in a
systems format and accompanied by a detailed narrative. It can be
prepared at anytime during development of the design but, is most
effective when done at the conceptual stage. ccc will prepare a
cost model for each project, providing updates and maintaining it
throughout the design phase of the project.
are prepared shortly after the architectural program has been developed.
This is the point at which the cost model is initially prepared. The
cost model is developed from information provided by the
architectural program. Project costs are based upon similar projects and
adjusted for location and current indexing.
Design Phase Estimates
are prepared at various stages of the design development, depending on the
clients requirements. If a cost model was previously prepared it
will be updated at each phase estimate. Along with the systems estimate and
narrative that accompanies each estimate is an explanation of changes in the
Construction Document Estimates
are prepared prior to the documents going out for bid from drawings at
ninety percent completion. Information available for estimating purposes
should include all Plans, Specifications and Addenda. At this point the
estimate has evolved into a detailed report. A final comparison will be
made to the costmodel and a report made on any variance.
Change Order Estimates
are done after the contract has been awarded as changed conditions occur.
An analysis is made of the changed condition and the cost as submitted by
the contractor. In addition to an estimate ccc will, at the clients
option, participate or conduct the negotiations with the contractor.
of final drawings and specifications are made before the documents are put
out for bid or between "bid" and "for construction" documents. An
examination of the plans is made for clarity and completeness, with cross
reference to the Specification. A report is made of all errors, omissions
and coordination problems.
Value Analysis & Trade-off Studies
are made utilizing the cost model through design development. Such
analysis will help the design team maintain the clients budget.
Although the systems format is the recommended format for
design phase estimates, any estimate can also be prepared in the CSI format.
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