InterCon defines the term “value engineering” as a process by which alternate means, methods and materials are investigated and compared against both the initial construction costs and future costs such as life cycle and operation/maintenance costs. In some cases, we will recommend additional costs be incurred during the construction phase due to the magnitude of future costs that are likely to be incurred. We are not of the opinion that value engineering is a process whereby project scope is reduced.
In general, we formulate comprehensive lists of alternatives which are submitted to the Owner and Architect for consideration. Where applicable, we will provide product data or “cut sheets” so that all of the empirical data may be considered early in the process in order to avoid significant alteration of the design documents and to avoid costly delays.