The most effective cost management is gained through an ongoing relationship with the design team, starting at day one. We advocate a cost/quality charrette integrated with the initial programming meetings. Here we can assist in establishing realistic budget targets and highlight areas of potential monetary and schedule related risk. Our cost plan provides a basis for cost control throughout the design process. Ongoing communications regarding design evolution ensures that time is not wasted pursuing cost prohibitive options. Our proactive approach helps the design team keep within the budgetary constraints of the project.