24 February 2011

How much do charrettes cost?

The charrette event cannot be separated from the preparation and implementation phases for the total project. Therefore, it is not possible to budget for a charrette in isolation. The cost is completely dependent on project scale and complexity, how much preparation work has to be done, available resources, data collection, studies to be completed, and stakeholder outreach and engagement. The price for projects using charrettes, including all preparation and implementation, ranges from $100,000 to $500,000, depending on the geographic location. It is possible to reduce project costs through the use of professional volunteers, local agencies and university architecture and planning departments. Projects using charrettes are less prone to costly overruns due to redesign.