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Breaking Down Complexities to Build Better Communities
There are as many details for wall and ceiling assemblies as there are architects. However, with hundreds of combined years experience in building multi-family projects and working closely with budget-conscious project managers and estimators, we have seen them all and know which systems work best and which systems might be overkill. Detailed pricing analysis, code and fire test references, engineering judgments, and engineered shop drawings, are just some of the tools we provide as backup documentation to ensure value engineering ideas are thorough and complete.
ADCO has over 25 years of experience providing drywall and metal framing solutions, giving us a bank of historical data to pull from to quickly budget any project from conceptual design, including outlining several options for rated construction, sound attenuation preferences, and levels of finish. Our experience has yielded best practices for different situations, which can save time, money and headaches.
We have the research, resources, and expertise to provide alternate solutions to fire, sound, and aesthetic problems that can significantly reduce costs and schedule.
Coordinating requirements with AOR, EOR, mechanical designer, AHJ, and owners can add value at the early stages. ADCO works closely with the design team and contractor to build a package that optimizes the drywall without waste, solving constructability problems and sequencing and coordination issues along the way.
My project is over budget. How can I reduce costs?
Eliminating unnecessary layers of drywall is always a good way. Increasing the spacing of resilient channel is another one. Extensive code and assembly knowledge and creative thinking give us a distinct advantage in coming up with cost saving ideas.
What are the variables that affect drywall costs?
On any given project the labor/material split for a drywall scope of work is roughly 50/50. Gypsum board experiences an average increase of about 10% per year and can fluctuate with the cost of energy and fuel. Sheet steel for steel studs, resilient channel and cornerbead is a highly volatile commodity. It can sometimes go down in price, but can also experience rapid upswings with little warning. We pay attention to political and financial markets to try and prepare for these eventualities and can be a valuable partner to hedge against unanticipated cost increases.
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