Section one of this publication contains an eleven-part reading supplement to Larry Miles’ book, “Techniques of Value Analysis and Engineering”.
Section two contains the reading assignment and content of the eleven basic lectures for the course.
The objectives are to introduce the concept of value engineering and demonstrate its application and techniques.
document project scope at a level that provides excellent cost control at design stage
establish the parameters of potential sites before selecting one
determine the amount of financing needed before deciding to bid on a project
make a detailed and robust building project budget
determine the rental rate necessary to see if a building project will be marketable
The technique used is a parametric cost system, not the square foot cost system used by most who quote an up-front building cost. To help calculate the parameter quantities and price them as quantified, this book comes with 5 electronic templates to calculate program scope; i.e. – space, configuration, HVAC loads, plumbing and electrical. It also includes:
the author’s parametric cost database and cost template to prepare the construction estimate
a soft cost template to price out all related program costs, convert them to a monthly cash flow, incorporate financing costs and then reveal the final budget
an operation and maintenance annual cost template to calculate those variable and fixed costs necessary to run the building and then convert the result into the necessary rental rate to capitalize all costs
The spreadsheets, data, advice, and templates, are all introduced through a detailed case study, placing everything in an easy to understand practical context. This will prove an invaluable guide not only for estimators and cost engineers, but also developers, clients, and architects.
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