The so-called “bottom line” is an unavoidable, monolithic
reality of the construction industry, and it is something we’ve seen happening
with some of our window shade competitors. However, a formulaic “race to the
bottom” can have dramatically negative effects on the true cost of a solar
control project.

General contractors starting out a project with a
pre-formulated spreadsheet is a common mistake.

“That tells them that component “x,” maybe it’s the
flooring, is going to be 6% and the furnishings are going to be 1-1/2 %, said
Steve Edwards, director of national accounts and special projects for Draper,
“and that’s instantly now set the budget, without any actual regard for what the
functionality of anything’s supposed to be.”

On the latest episode of Engineering Value, Edwards provided
host Sean Heath with a real-world example of how a pre-conceived notion of a
shading plan nearly cost a contractor a great deal of money.

The project involved a mid-rise, multi-tenant office
building project. The architects had detailed roller shades in a recessed
ceiling pocket supported by metal framing from the slab above. That
construction detail cost roughly $28 per linear foot. The contractor had
budgeted nothing.

“Working with the GC … we said what happened if we mount the
shades between the window mullions using a fascia that covers over the roller
shade, and custom-finish the fascia so it matches the window mullions,” Edwards
said. “That completely eliminated the need for all that framing and saved
$28-$30 a linear foot, which is a pretty substantial number.”

The change had no impact on the quality of the shading
solution and saved the owner approximately $280K—even though the shades themselves
cost slightly more due to the custom finished fascia.

To learn more about increasing overall value through window shades, click here for the latest episode of Engineering Value, a Draper podcast.

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