Why Value Engineering Is Essential To Efficient Construction



The concept of value engineering was coined during World War II, when engineer Lawrence Miles and colleagues looked for alternatives for materials and components because there was a persistent shortage of them because of the war. It

was frequently discovered that these alternatives reduced expenses and offered an equal or superior performance.

During the design phase, value engineering takes place. Contractors create estimates using the building plans. The project team goes back to the drawing board and begins searching for methods to save money when those estimates turn out to be excessively high.

SKS will never cut corners when it comes to safety. The objective is to optimize function at the lowest

possible cost. Value engineering is a process that makes sure the owner isn't overpaying for quality when there are other, less expensive options that are just as effective.

Value Engineering In Design and Construction

Constructability, using widely available materials like wood off the shelf instead of special orders, and reducing the number of trades required are the three most crucial components of value engineering. SKS Construction will employ value engineering when constructing a different engineer's plans if it is possible to do so.

Reduced building costs shouldn't be the primary goal of value engineering. At SKS Construction, we consider both long-term expenses and the project's overall worth before making recommendations that are in line with the owner's goals.


Value engineering change orders allow for the continuation of value engineering during the construction phase. The project schedule may be affected by modifications to the plans because building has already begun, which can be costly.

What Does This Mean For Prospective Builders?

Our team at SKS first understands the project as a whole, as well as the vision and goals for the project, in order to truly give beneficial value engineering. Every project is unique, and every client has a different idea of what value is. At SKS Construction, we are a design/build firm. Therefore we have not only general contractors but also licensed engineers and engineering contractors. These engineers and contractors work hand in hand to produce optimal plans for clients, made possible by the fact that everything is done in house.

A full-service design/build, engineering, and construction firm, SKS Construction was

established in Los Angeles, California, in 1987. SKS Construction is recognized as a leader in engineering and construction of New Construction, Seismic Retrofitting and Balcony Repairs.

The SKS team is composed of in-house designers, licensed contractors, and experienced engineers around the clock to attend to your every engineering and construction need.

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