|Re: Standardization||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Denise Cote' (denisediac.com)|
|Date: Mon, 27 Jan 1997 16:27:24 -0600|
Oops. This is a little old, because my original attempt to post it bounced back to me due to an error in my email settings. If you all recall, we were debating the merits of standardization in reducing costs. John Major of Wasatch Cohousing wrote: >"...Value engineering"...is what the jargon calls the process of bringing a >builder on *early* - in our case, about 5 months - before competitive >bidding, to work *closely* with the architect and the design process to >reduce cost. Now, both our architect and builder had extensive >experience doing affordable housing, but they've also done plenty of >fancy stuff (residential, restaurants, etc.), but we had the pleasant >surprise of having the first cost analysis come in *under* our square foot >cost target, which was $65/sft. It sounds like you've been very successful at using standardization (and good agreements, along with clear communication, with your architect and builder) to keep costs under control. Good work! Let's keep in touch on this one as both Geneva and Wasatch proceed. It will be interesting to see how the final cost analysis and customer satisfaction quotients turn out, and perhaps end up with a range of workable possibilities for future cohousing groups to choose from. Denise Cote' Geneva Community, Boulder/Lyons, Colorado denise [at] diac.com Denise Cote' Boulder, Colorado denise [at] diac.com
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