BACKGROUND: Kohl’s and Schimenti have worked together since 2006 on over 55 projects throughout the Northeast and the New York Metro area. Schimenti’s value engineering focus has been instrumental in saving Kohl’s time and money on both new construction and renovations.
CHALLENGE: As Kohl’s was planning for their New York City Design Office it became apparent that some substantial changes would be required to meet reduced cost projections. It would be critical to the overall project to find and implement dramatic reductions in construction costs to make the project a reality. In detailed discussions with the project team we found a number of areas where we might deliver some savings.
SOLUTION: Our Schimenti team lead a collaborative effort working with manufacturers, designers, engineers, subcontractors, and Kohl’s project team to develop a multi-faceted approach to cost reduction. We ultimately made recommendations that totaled more than $700,000 in possible savings. The client team made the decision to implement a number of the recommendations.
One of the recommendations accepted was in the area of mechanical services. To accommodate low ceilings and LEED design criteria, a complex hvac system called for over 70 air handlers, 14 condensing units, and nearly four miles of refrigerant piping spread over two floors on the 19th and 20th floors. Another element of this system was the ability to simultaneously heat and cool within each zone. With an open floor plan to work with, the Schimenti team recommended that this feature be eliminated. We also recommended utilizing flexible copper piping, where permitted by code, to reduce labor costs.
RESULT: By modifying the system and changing the piping, Kohl’s was able to see a 25% reduction in the amount of refrigerant piping needed on the project. Combined with other implemented cost savings recommendations, Kohl’s realized more than $200,000 in savings on the project without any impact on the aesthetics and function of the Design Office.