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Value Engineering – Three Simple Steps to Start

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By Tyler Dean, Project Manager

“A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.”—Steve Jobs.

There are a number of fancy definitions out there regarding Value Engineering (VE) but make no mistake, the name of the game is the same or better value for less cost.  Value engineering isn’t just the materials involved but the method of construction, design details and specific scopes of work.  With the request for VE so common these days, why should you formally add it to your RFP & construction process?  By adding a few simple steps that take less than 10 minutes, you can reap thousands of dollars (or more) in savings.  Steve Jobs once said, “A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.”  So what questions should you be asking?

3 Steps from RFP to Closeout

  1. When forming the bid package. When you are sending out a request for proposals, make sure your bid form includes (at the very least) “We welcome all VE recommendations for the scope of the work.”
  1. Within a few days of sending out the RFP. Verify that your representative (architect or design build contractor) is taking the time to review each division of the scope for specific VE ideas and questions to present to both YOU and their subcontractors.
  1. Contractor selection to end of construction. Value engineering never ends. VE items that may have been overlooked during the bid process are more easily seen during construction.  Continuously keep that bug in your contractor’s ear to find cost saving measures throughout the construction process.

Three easy steps is all we’re recommending.  If you can remember to build those into your meetings along the way, an extra 10 second question can make a big difference.  Want to know more ways your contractor can help you find savings, give us a call at 913-599-1040.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

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The Miller Stauch Team

Members of Miller Stauch Construction and their families participating in Kansas City’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer on October 22nd.

The Miller Stauch Team walked in honor of every survivor and that someone we love who has fought against this disease. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 2016, an inspiring and awesome event for all communities and participants!

Communication–You bet it is key. The Key to Success

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By Tyler Dean, Project Manager

In construction you don’t always want the “strong silent type.”  Why communication is a key pillar of a successful construction project.

When you think of critical functions of a construction professional, what comes to mind? Concrete and carpentry? Scheduling and budgeting? These are all good answers and required but one of the most (if not the most) critical functions of a good general contractor (GC) is communication.  Is the risk of over-communicating lower than risk of under-communicating in construction? Yes it is and much lower. Finding the right balance when communicating with your team is key but when you look at the extremes, “over-communicating” wins 999 times out of a thousand.  The worst that can happen with continuous communication is that a team member is annoyed by a few extra e-mails.  The worst thing that can happen with under-communication is an assumption that can lead to anything from extra costs to a wrong assumption about structural details.

Too often a construction supervisor with 20+ years’ industry experience assumes that what is being communicated to a new client and/or team member automatically understands what is being described.

In construction, unrestrained communication allows an utmost awareness. All stakeholders are aware of the project’s status ensuring nothing is missed.  Only when you’ve worked with a contractor that doesn’t communicate very well do you realize the importance of this trait.  Never be afraid to over-communicate. It’s an absolute necessity within the AEC industry and an undervalued trait among GC’s.

At Miller Stauch Construction communication is emphasized from the President to the laborer. It’s embedded into our culture because we strongly believe that communication is the one important component that leads to a project’s success. When building, whether it is a long-term relationship or a 6-month project, you cannot communicate enough.

When was the last time you experienced a lack of communication or (even worse) no communication at all?  What was the outcome?  Please comment below about how communication has affected your construction jobs, both positively and negatively.

Over-communication is always better than assumptions.

“What makes Miller Stauch Construction professional is their ability to be clear and concise communicators. They also interact well with everyone on the team. They pay special attention to every detail and are very responsive to each request and concern the client may have. They are just easy to work with on projects.”  Richard Lanning, Northtown Devco, Kansas City, Missouri

This Blog’s for You!

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It’s a day like none other for Kansas City’s Miller Stauch Construction team!  Our inaugural blog post is now live!  Welcome!

Knowledge is value!  That is our mission . . . delivering what matters to you because YOU matter!

We chose to start this blog so that we might better connect with you.  It is our goal and hope that the information here is educational, enlightening, and engaging helping to build and cement the trust needed to be that source of value when seeking your preferred general contractor. Rest assured…relationships matter to us here at Miller Stauch Construction.  YOU matter to us.

Excited for your questions and curiosity—always open 24/7 for your thoughts.