Easing the Strain of Value Engineering for Architects & Designers

Value engineering is part of every project as architect and design professionals work to find a balance between cost, quality, and functionality. But although it can be beneficial, value engineering can be stressful as the project kickoff date draws closer or if a project is already underway. Specifying a dependable and knowledgeable partner like MetroWall early on can help minimize the value engineering required for glass wall interiors down the road.  

Compromising Aesthetic 

While there are some design elements you can value engineer that will not impact the design, value engineering glass wall interiors can have a significant impact on the overall aesthetic of the space and may alter the original design intent. This is why we always recommend working with our seasoned project consultants early in the design process. Having glass wall experts in your corner during the design phase can help you find ways to make the best use of your budget and avoid potential pitfalls down the road while achieving your design intent. Helping you deliver a design that meets your standards and exceeds your client’s expectations is our priority.

Glass wall interior with matte black finishes and sliding doors in meeting rooms and private offices with desks and chairs.  

Project Delays 

Value engineering is a major time investment. When changes are made engineers, contractors, subcontractors, and, of course, your client all need to evaluate the alternatives and updated quotes and scopes may need to be provided. This could lead to delays in getting the project started or stagnate a project that is already underway.  

In addition, if a different direction is taken the lead times for building materials like glass wall interiors may vary. For example, most of our glass wall systems have a competitive lead time. But if a custom solution is required that lead time may increase. 

The Obstacle is the Way 

While most challenges can be avoided and value engineering can be minimized, there will always be some unforeseen obstacles that arise. Knowing this, MetroWall has built a fully integrated process that enables us to be the go-to for glass walls every step of the way. Our robust project management, responsiveness, and domestic material sourcing and manufacturing model enable us to remain agile in the face of tight timelines and pressure. If problems arise, we’re prepared to collaborate with all stakeholders to quickly find a solution to make sure the project stays on track and within your budget. 

MetroWall’s proprietary integrated process infographic. 

Although value engineering can present challenges and stress, specifying a premium glass wall interior partner like MetroWall early on can help minimize the amount of value engineering down the line, avoid challenges during buildout, and, if unexpected problems pop up, we’re able to find solutions quickly that will meet the needs of all stakeholders.  

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