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A History of Austin's Newest General Aviation Airport
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Chapter 10
cantly lower the cost of construction. In the
end, I'd end up with million and a half dollar
savings and a million and a half dollar smaller
Option B: He could alter the design and
construction drawings, possibly minimize
some of the curves, downgrade materials
and finishes, and deliver the same amount of
space at a lower overall cost.
Option C: We could more or less build it as
is, which in the end is what we did.
As Randy dug into the drawings, he and his
team performed what he called "value engi-
neering," which in shorthand meant deliver-
ing the same building at a lower cost. He sug-
gested several alternatives that saved money
I ended up spending on upgraded features
elsewhere. For example, he proposed an al-
ternate exterior composite panel that made up
the skin of the building and ultimately reduced
the cost by around $130,000. He specified a
new paint finish on the arrival canopy--from
a Kynar resin finish to anodized aluminum--
and shaved another $20,000. He substituted
the honeycomb aluminum interior wall pan-
el--the most expensive material on the plan-
et, according to our contractor--for a wood
panel and cut more expense. Randy was also
2010. Photo of the arrival canopy and FBO terminal building during construction.
Photo courtesy of David Hannah III.