This chapter discusses cost considerations in setting up an animal research facility. As in any building, there are multiple cost drivers in an animal research facility. Some are fundamental and obvious, while others are more discreet and indirect. Generally, cost of a facility is set after the plans and specifications are finished. A contractor then uses reactive estimating techniques to quantify components, and values each, using units of material, equipment and labor, and offers a price. Cost management, on the other hand, is proactive in nature, and tracks anticipated cost from conception to construction, with adjustments along the way, to change the budget when necessary, or change the design when constrained by budget; and utilizes the discipline of value management to make good decisions in the best interest of all stakeholders. Cost management, cost containment, and cost control can be severely compromised if the plans and specifications are loosely prepared or the program is ill-defined; therefore, rely on the change-order process to get the project successfully finished. Change orders are never cost-efficient, and, while some will be necessary, minimizing their need should be given high priority before any documents are issued for pricing. © 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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