By applying intense value engineering, SSOE was able to reduce estimated completion cost by 33%.
When Germany-based KSM sought to advance its global production footprint by setting up operations in the U.S., SSOE was enlisted to assist with site selection. SSOE began by developing the site criteria for the company’s new greenfield high-pressure aluminum castings plant into a Request for Proposal (RFP). Following the development of the RFP, bids were solicited from various states. SSOE then performed site evaluations, recommended a site, and supported settlement contract negotiations.
KSM was very pleased with the results and extended the scope of SSOE’s services to include conceptual design for the Shelby, North Carolina location. SSOE then performed all design and engineering services for the new facility and acted as the Owner’s Representative, providing an on-site contact while the owner was out of the country.
SSOE used a cost / benefit analysis, including value engineering, to help KSM determine its “must haves” – items required for production support – verses its wants. This analysis helped the client create a facility that projected the image they were looking for while keeping costs within budget. In fact, by applying intense value engineering, SSOE was able to reduce estimated completion cost by 33%.
Keeping the project on track required prioritizing production areas and construction packages. To keep the budget intact, SSOE drew on its design solutions that had been successful in other automotive applications.