Together the owner and the design team agree on the initial budget based on the program and the owners ability to pay for the project. Cost control begins in the programming phase. While this determines the needs and desires for the client, it is also necessary to look at the clients ability to pay for the project. Knowing those financial details allows the owner and the design team to set priorities that will keep the project costs in line. This budget is based on current square foot costs for the total project.


Thomson Group has extensive experience in working with individual clients providing early analysis and input. This Pre-Design activity ran the gamut from site selection to master planning for future growth to actually working with the various staffs and committees to establish a program that will work within the budget.

The Pre-Design begins with evaluating the program requirement with the budget established. This evaluation should make it clear whether there is a conflict or the two can coincide. If the program was provided by the client, or as a joint effort between the architect and client, this is the time to address the possible conflict between program need and budget.

Master Planning will allow the client to prioritize the growth based on needs and finances, for logical expansion.

Almost without exception clients that we work with that are building a new facility, will have us Master Plan the site with anticipated figure growth in mind.


At the completion of the Schematic Design, an updated estimate is prepared. The design team and owner review the budget and design and make the necessary adjustments to keep the project within the established budget This budget is based on current square foot costs for the different types of spaces defined.


Once the Design development is completed the final budget is prepared. The design team and owner again review the budget and design and make the necessary adjustments to set the final budget.

Value Engineering - The identification of construction methods, systems, and materials which provide the desired functional and aesthetic results in the most economical manner.

Value Engineering is part of design process at all times on each of our projects. We have found that the Design Development phase is the most productive time for Value Engineering. At this time we work with suppliers and subcontractors we know to verify the design choices. It is the philosophy of our team to "Design to the Budget, not Budget to the Design". We continually look for ways to provide a more cost effective building

The following is a guide for our Value Engineering:

Identify items which can cut cast without affecting general appearance, quality and usefulness.

Evaluate cost effectiveness based on initial cost and operating costs for such items as HVAC, lighting etc.

Evaluate the methods of construction in relation to cost, time and longevity.


Budget and design adjustments will be made during the production of construction documents as necessary.

We take pride in our track record of designing our projects within the established budget.


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