IMI can give you a detailed, bound report showing the true costs of the exterior wall systems, partition wall or floors you are considering for your project.
- initial costs
- future maintenance and repair costs
- annual operating costs
- replacement costs
Your custom Life Cycle Analysis report gives you:
The actual analysis can be for any period of time, but is generally calculated between 25-40 years, when the most significant costs can be accurately predicted.
The analysis is based on national averages for initial costs as reported by R.S. Means, and maintenance and repair costs as reported by Whitestone Building Maintenance and Repair Cost Reference. That allows for an impartial, apples-to-apples comparison between various building wall or floor systems.
The firm of Stephen Kirk Associates, using a sophisticated custom-developed spreadsheet system that tracks numerous variables across time, prepares your report. Dr. Stephen Kirk, FAIA, CVS, co-author of “Life Cycle Costing for Facilities,” is considered a foremost authority on this topic. His international clientele include a host of Fortune 500 companies.
Along with your report, you also get the confidence of having a team of skilled design and installation professionals to turn to. Team IMI is your one source for contemporary masonry design and construction answers.
For more information about what IMI has to offer, call 1-800-IMI-0988.
The construction cost database most commonly used in the United States for conceptual pricing of commercial construction systems. R.S. Means data is developed by gathering information from thousands of manufactures, dealers, distributors, and contractors to determine an average national price for each installed item. Costs are further refined by use of city codes, which make cost adjustments based on average labor or material costs for that urban area for each CSI division. [link]
A comprehensive source of building maintenance and repair (M&R) cost statistics. It provides a collection of unique tools for answering simple but important questions. [link]
The Reference is intended for two audiences. The first group needs to know the long-term M&R costs of specific buildings. This group consists of analysts, developers, architects, bankers, investors, and others who must account for M&R costs that, over a 50-year building lifetime, can easily exceed the costs of construction. Forecasts of these costs are critical for justifying the expenditure of hundreds of millions of dollars. Even a rudimentary business plan or benefit/cost study must recognize M&R - yet such forecasts are usually based on ad hoc approximation or ill-defined rules of thumb.
The second audience consists of facility managers and all those responsible for estimating and justifying facility maintenance budgets. Acutely aware of immediate needs, this group often does not put funding requests into a larger context: How much does funding need to rise just to keep up with inflation? What is the appropriate funding level for a facility with an inventory of particular building types? Such information provides a benchmark for demonstrating M&R requirements. For this purpose, Whitestone provides national and local M&R indexes, and forecasts of in-house and contract maintenance costs for major U.S. metropolitan areas.
This information is presented solely to compare various building systems over the life cycle of the building and to make an informed decision. This information should definitely not be used as an estimating system. The only way to get a true cost for a particular project is to go through the bidding process with qualified bidders.