This Figure , “Major Decision Makers’ Influence on Facility Costs,” shows whose decisions have the most influence over the expenditure of funds during the life cycle of a facility. The owner and consultants are the major decision makers. To ensure optimal results, it is essential to involve the owner and consultant in the VE process.
Regarding total costs for a facility, the consultant’s fee represents the smallest expenditure of all of the initial costs. Consultants’ decisions influence about 50% of-the facility’s total costs. Therefore, the optimum results can be expected when resources are set aside for VE early in the design process, focusing on owner and consultant impact. Owners who delight in squeezing design fees invariably promote poor value design decisions. Prudent expenditure during design to improve design decisions can return significant initial and follow-on cost and quality improvements.