There is no ability to measure or analyze a facility’s design efficiency or cost effectiveness in most cases. Without this ability the construction industry cannot achieve measurable process or value improvement.
The enterprise subscription gives Catalyst members a ability to analyze a project’s program, design and production efficiency for any given project. This analysis is provided at the whole building level and at several detailed levels: such as Function (i.e. exam rooms, ORs, beds, classrooms, offices, etc.) and building elements (i.e. foundations, frame, enclosure, systems, etc.).
Figure 1 – Systems Overview – Direct Building Systems
The Figure 1 scatter diagram shows a comparison of the program, plan, design and delivery efficiency. In this example, the vertical axis displays the program and scope (project massing) efficiency. The horizontal axis displays the systems (and materials) selections and construction delivery or production efficiency. The most efficiently designed and delivered projects are in the lower left quadrant.
Figure 2 provides a similar of analysis, but enables a closer look at any given system (HVAC in this example). The top bar represents the baseline or benchmark prediction. The lower bar represents the actual results. The right side chart shows design efficiency (total building scope divided by the net department area). The left side chart show the cost effectiveness. In each case these can be compared to the baseline or benchmark prediction and also to other similar projects. In all cases the costs are normalized to the same location and year. In this case Greater St. Louis, Missouri in 2016.
Figure 2 – Systems Analysis – HVAC
Figure 3 displays a similar analysis, but for the facilities functional requirements (a small private office in this case).
Figure 3 – Function Analysis – Office (Small Private)
Design and production analysis that brings about measurable process improvement will:
♦ Apply new processing through big data in order to evaluate multiple causes and effects. The causes include facility purpose (i.e. hospital) and Functions (i.e. CT scanner), attributes (location, floor count, etc.), demands (climate, wind, seismic, etc.) and standards (quality, durability, energy, etc.). The effects include program, scope parameters and cost.
♦ Provide impartial comparable analysis of ratios across a range or projects and organizations. The ratios will convey program/design efficiency (Gross Area to Net Area, Envelope to Net Area, etc.), and cost effectiveness (Exterior Wall $/SF, HVAC $/SF, Interior Doors $/Ea, etc.)
♦ Normalize costs across a variety of locations and time spans for apples-to-apples comparison
♦ Apply the scientific approach by comparing actual or estimated results to predicted results