-Working With the Preliminary Budget

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In this ARE 5.0 Programming and Analysis Exam Prep course you will learn about the topics covered in the ARE 5.0 PA exam division. A complete and comprehensive curriculum, this course will touch on each of the NCARB objectives for the ARE 5.0 Programming and Analysis Exam.

Instructor Mike Newman will discuss issues related to programming, site analysis, and zoning & code requirements.

When you are done with this course, you will have a thorough understanding of the content covered in the ARE 5.0 Programming and Analysis Exam including project type analysis, the establishment of qualitative and quantitative project requirements, evaluation of project site and context, and assessment of economic issues.

Hi my name is Jorge Barrero. I am a senior designer and vice president at HKS Chicago. Today we're going to talk about a project located in Al Kharj, Saudi Arabia. When we started the project, you know, we always asked the question, what the budget is and sometimes the clients do know what it is, sometimes they don't. In this case the client, who was The School of Medicine, they had a preliminary budget for the project which was relatively flexible. Mostly because the funding that the University gets it goes through approval by sort of the local government.

But being that it is a kingdom it's not a process like here in the US. And so the dean in conversations, you know about budget, you know he was very clear that you know we needed to design to a per square foot budget. But there was definitely flexibility in terms of the materiality as well as sort of the scope as long as it met their needs.

They were never very forthcoming in terms of what the budget to design should be. And that's not a typical of many projects we work with. And more often that not we don't have a good gut check of how much a project is going to cost until we have a good set of documentation that gets to be priced.

Now we did not have a contractor on board early on in this project but we did work with a local architect who had a fairly good pulse on costs. And so they were giving us feedback and guidance in terms of certain mechanical systems, materials, what would be feasible that would not push the budget, you know, to a place where you know, we just couldn't afford to build those ideas.

So we did work with a local partner that helped give us a local perspective in terms of construction costs comparable to other hospitals and teaching facilities that they worked on. For us to design to a budget, even though we didn't quite know what that budget was. So primarily it was designed to meet the program with some fair assumptions that would make it a reasonably cost building.

But at the same time we didn't want to, you know handicap ourselves and propose some ideas that wouldn't in the long term save them some money as well.

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ARE 5.0 Programming & Analysis Exam Prep

Duration: 19h 56m

Author: Mike Newman