Fast, Good, or Cheap–Pick 2

Maybe you’ve heard the expression, “You can have it done fast, good, or cheap, pick two.”  This defines a problem that we run into for architectural projects from time to time.  Clients often want a rush job, they want it done very thoroughly, and they want it done on a tight budget.  The reality is that one of those desires will probably not be fulfilled.

Timelines are important and if there is a reason to rush, then absolutely, we must meet critical deadlines.  You don’t want a project done so quickly; however, that quality control is sacrificed.  No matter how much of a rush there is, we must take the time to do the work properly and to perform certain reviews and double-checks.

So, what happens in this scenario?  There may be a higher cost.  You will not get a bargain on a rush project.  “All hands on deck” can mean overtime, additional consultants, premiums on materials deliveries, overnight document transportation or reproduction, and other demands that may incur additional costs.  It can get done, but we may have to push the edge of the envelope on your behalf.

Try to view this as a win-win situation.  The rush schedule, even if it incurs additional soft costs, could save you big money in the long-run, such as getting a great deal on a lease, or opening your business location sooner to create cash flow or beating your competitors to market.

On the other hand, if money is the critical priority for you, then perhaps the rush schedule can be relaxed a bit.  Taking the pressure off of your deadlines will allow more bargaining room for keeping your costs lower.

So, please discuss your options with your architect from the outset of your project, and decide what your priorities are.

Lorianna Kastrop

Vice President, The Kastrop Group, Inc.

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