Taylor & Burns offers skill and proven experience with effective control of public construction. Designing to budget, one of our proven skills, optimizes design and construction value and minimizes operational cost. We are familiar with public sector construction procedures for cost estimating, filed-sub-bid advertising, and contracting. Since our first Ch.149 project bid in 2009, we have consistently estimated, bid, and overseen construction of public projects at or below agency-approved budgets, a directly benefit to Commonwealth taxpayers.
Value Design throughout the Design Process
Cost-control begins with comparable project scoping and budgeting, followed by a sequence of estimates and design reviews through the design phases, effectively linking budgets, bids, and final cost in continuous process. On-budget delivery also includes appropriate contingencies and, often, project scope reductions and design corrections.
Cost control efforts must be early, strategic, and sustained from initial concept through construction close-out. So called “value engineering” at the end stage of design, a flawed tactic, can undercut the core purpose of a project. Proof of successful cost-control design becomes obvious after design completion. First, bids in tight-cluster close to the cost estimate prove that plans and specifications clearly explicate the scope of work and promote competitive bidding. Our projects typically produce bids tightly clustered around the final budget target, with qualified low-bidder below it. Second, change-orders attributable to bid documents are minimal. (Change orders can also arise for reasons such as hidden conditions and owner-directed betterments).