Even at the very beginning planning and pre-design stages, Building CATALYST can predict a facility’s space program, key design parameters (elevators, stairs, parking spaces, envelope, etc.), gross building area, schedule and construction costs.
Whether they realize it or not, CATALYST users are actually applying the scientific method to construction. Under-the-hood, so to speak, the process of making a prediction, measuring results, studying the causal relationships, and re-calibrating the prediction is going on across a wide sample of real-world projects. See Big Data and the Deming System to learn more.
As the project’s design progresses, the specific program, parametric and cost data is loaded into CATALYST, overriding its predicted values. In early design, a conceptual estimate may be based primarily on predicted values. In later design, the estimate is based more on imported values.
There are two benchmark standards that establish the basis of results: (1) Building CATALYST Baseline, and (2) organization-based benchmarks. Predictions made from both standards are statistical. Organization-based benchmarks return a narrower range of variation.
This baseline reflects the “market average” from a pool of like, real-world building types. If CATALYST’S database has an insufficient number of buildings, then other published standards are included for program and cost data. You can gage the “Program Readiness” and “Calibration Strength” based on underlying real-world projects in the data base.
For Indirect Services (General Conditions, Permits/Insurance, Construction Services Fee and Contingency), you can use CATALYST’s averages, or apply your own – as a percent of the direct construction costs. These indicators are shown once you select the project’s building type.
Your completed and recorded projects provide the basis for organization-based benchmark standards. These Benchmark standards essentially re-calibrate CATALYST’s baseline predictions, accordingly. If, for example, your benchmark project’s surgical department is 8% less (DGSF per Operating Room) than the CATALYST Baseline, your current project’s surgical department area calculation will be 8% less than the CATALYST prediction. Same with any program area, core and common area, parametric and cost item.
The more completed projects you record in your history portfolio, the more benchmark standards there are to guide you to desired results. CATALYST enables you to model a prospective project based on the “market average” plus one or more benchmark project. You can then easily compare by function (i.e. operating room) or building system (i.e. exterior wall system).