By Paul Ickes
This is a volatile time in the construction industry. Energy costs, growing global demand and a weak U.S. dollar are all contributing to a highly unstable material cost environment. Many owners have found themselves paying for design and programming expenses for projects that, on bid day, come in significantly over-budget and are either unbuildable or require that scope is slashed to save money. These cuts are often made with the primary goal being savings, with less regard for the impact on the original programming intent.
We understand today's ever-changing building cost landscape. In addition to Construction Management, Miller-Davis Company is continuously active in the competitive bid market. Our performance in this market over the past quarter has resulted in us placing 1st or 2nd 75% of time. Competing successfully in this arena requires us to constantly monitor current labor and material costs.
We then use this knowledge to develop and refine the cost data used in our budgets so that our clients may be confident that the project decisions they make during design are informed and based on actual, up-to-date competitive pricing. Our unique, early and detailed approach to project budgeting coupled with our real-time knowledge of construction costs has resulted in the successful pre-construction phase budgeting for a variety of owners including Borgess Health, Kalamazoo College, Western Michigan University, Gull Lake Community Schools, Zion Lutheran Church of Kalamazoo, First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo, and many others. These clients have realized bid day results that are accurate and under budget.
Miller-Davis Company will provide you with the timely and accurate cost information needed to make effective and confident choices for your project. Let us help you through these unstable economic times. Don't let changing market conditions surprise you on bid day.
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