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Value engineering is more than lowering cost

The term “value engineering” is often used synonymously with “cost cutting”.  While that is partially true, the actual goal of value engineering is to lower long-term cost AND maintain function.  A successful value engineering effort will analyze the building features, systems, equipment, and materials while providing the essential functions at the lowest life cycle cost …

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Preconstruction process has the greatest impact on long term value

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  Benjamin Franklin The greatest impact on any construction project is best realized early in the process, during the concept phase– even before design has begun.  Hemmer takes a proactive approach to preconstruction.  Its overarching goal is to provide the owner with valuable insight on which …

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Construction Contract Primer

All construction projects incur risk and require leaps of faith between both the owner and the contractor.  One of the primary purposes of the construction contract is to balance the risk associated with what can be a complicated and risk-laden endeavor. In the design-build process, there are primarily three contract types. 1.       Lump Sum (fixed …

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