Cost control in building design is essential to the success of any project. It's essential for safety, operational effectiveness and maintenance. But it can be difficult to implement into a building project of any type. Most projects have too many variables. It's hard to control every single variable.
Control is difficult when your project is on-going. One of the best ways to control costs in building design is to have an effective cost management system in place before the project starts. This can be achieved through a formal project plan with agreed costs and time schedules. It can be achieved if managers can agree to work together and set reasonable goals for the project. Once management has agreed to the project, cost control can begin.
To control costs in building design, managers can consider cost reduction at the beginning of the project as part of the cost control process. Consideration of the most common operating costs can be done early in the project. This will give a starting point for cost reductions. There may be a lot of decisions to be made in the beginning phases of the project, but this will give the manager an opportunity to think about what types of changes and enhancements can be made prior to the start of building. These decisions can reduce costs substantially.
It is also important to look at what needs to be changed in the current design to achieve the cost reduction. Sometimes it is more cost effective to change one thing rather than change a lot of things. Changing one thing may require less of an effort than changing many other things in the current design. Other times, there is a single change that makes all the difference. Understanding the effect of each change and making this change are the first steps toward cost control.
Once a list of the changes is generated and comparing them to the current design, the next step is to determine what needs to be changed and what needs to stay in the existing design. This is the next part of the cost reduction plan. The manager should decide which changes are most cost effective and that changes need to stay in the building to achieve the final cost reduction goal. A good plan takes into consideration several factors, such as:
The key things to remember in cost control is that change needs to occur without reducing service, quality or safety. Otherwise, the building will not be properly maintained. The manager must have a written plan that includes all of the necessary changes and the estimated costs for each change. He or she should have a way to track all of the information needed to make these changes and get them done as scheduled.
It is important for management to understand that this is a long-term process. Some cost reduction measures may need to be performed continuously in order to meet the long-term cost control goal. These measures may include the use of engineering controls to reduce costs resulting from poor building design, increased operating costs due to increased maintenance and emergency repairs, and the reduction of waste and other unnecessary expenditures. Once cost control is achieved in a building design, the subsequent cost reductions will be achieved from increased productivity and better service to the customers.
There are many benefits to the owners of a business or organization, who employ the services of a professional building design firm. These firms will help owners and managers realize their cost reduction goals through the creation and implementation of a cost-effective building design program. This innovative program will reduce overall building costs while increasing employee satisfaction. These firms will also consult with the management to determine the feasibility of any further changes that may be necessary to the building design program. These innovative management techniques are a valuable way for building owners and managers to control their building costs.