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I create the conceptual budget based on the written scope of work. Fixed systems such as  Walls, foundations, roof, windows get designed early on and need to be priced in the conceptual design phase. the operating HVAC, electrical systems get designed next and need to be priced during the Design Development Phase. With nearly 80% of the cost of a project designed into a project during these two phases this is where we get it right based on the budget. If something is out of balance this is where we fix it.

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Many Owners who hire their Design team are void of any Budget Management through the design process. I can Budget each Owners project through our historical data base... based on a written description of the project. From there I can provide a written scope of work that becomes the benchmark going forward to incrementally update the budget at every stage of Design. All the while giving the Owner/Client the ability to control their project financially... eliminating surprise factor after Design is completed.

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Design Drives Costs... Owners Decisions drive Design. When I ask an Owner the questions they have not thought of yet we can prioritize their needs and wants. With structures representing 35-40% of construction cost and operating systems another 35%, the balance is in the finishes. With those priorities in  mind we can decide where money needs to be allocated and savings accrued so I can align their priorities with their budget.

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