Value engineering 2
Singapore, 23rd May 2012
After an early morning flight I am back in Singapore, as I have some meetings is KL tomorrow. I am taking a more and more relaxed approach to travelling for my own sanity. Taking my time to go from A to B is one of them. As a frequent flyer I have access to airport lounges so I prefer to arrive well in time and relax in the lounge rather than stressing over getting somewhere last minute. Even working in the plane is reduced to whether I am flying business class or not. There is no way you can properly work on your laptop when the seat in front of you is reclined into your face! So relax, watch a movie, read a book or magazine. The thing for my own health and sanity here is; relax, don’t stress!
This afternoon was mostly spent on further “value engineering” on one of our project designs. In continuation of my blog just a few days ago, I took a more pro-active approach in looking at value engineering. Many designers take the attitude that their design is perfect and nothing really can be changed. That of course can’t be true. There are always “ways”. So I looked at a few angles:
The first was the way lighting was integrated in the interior design. Multiple ceiling coves generally means multiple cove lights. So simplifying the ceiling design means we could simplify the lighting and reduce the cost of it. In this case a 3-tier ceiling coffer could be simplified to a 1 or 2 tier coffer with the deleted coves being reproduced as mouldings for instance. However to compensate the loss of light, there is a need to increase the brightness of the remaining cove.
Another approach is to replace a concealed linear framing lighting effect with just a simple spot for say an artwork located in a recess niche. This obviously involves a change of lighting effect, less sophisticated, but if carried out well still fulfilling visual impact.
There are many more “positive” steps that can be taken, but let’s not forget that scrutinising the suppliers quotations can generally achieve quite some more savings, often up to 10-20%. Value engineering is a team effort that spans all disciplines, not only design!