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W I N T E R 2 0 1 4 • R E S T A U R A N T D E V E L O P M E N T + D E S I G N • 2 9 fooring," Brown says. "Unlike hardwood, there wasn't any need to fnish the porcelain fooring on site. That saved $4 to $5 per square foot." The porcelain material provides a high-quality aesthetic similar to hardwood and is less costly to maintain, he adds. "We also decided to keep the existing ceiling so we didn't have to change the acoustic features." The back of the house offers targets for cost savings through material substitution, as well. "If you don't have a display kitchen, limit stainless steel for just what is necessary," Taylor advises. "If it's on the cookline, use stainless," he says. Otherwise, washable plastic and composite materials are accept- able at a lower price. Collins meets with key suppliers three times a year, provid- ing the opportunity to keep close tabs on costs and allowing her team to identify price spikes early so they can look for alterna- tives. "We share post-project audit learnings with the entire Moe's vendor community," she says, "which makes our program more effcient and constantly improving." Constant diligence may be the best prescription to combat rising costs. That way, if the cost of a brand-vital feature sud- denly spikes, there may be ways to offset that budget burden in other areas. Especially within a vibrant construction climate, such focus on continuous economizing is essential. + Upstart fast-casual chain Blaze Pizza, which aims to add 45 new units this year, contains construction costs in part by applying what it learns from architects and construction pros to continually refne its design standards. Re- cent tactics include lowering restroom ceiling heights to reduce heating and air conditioning costs, and standardizing millwork to reduce costs and increase design consistency. "PLUMBING THAT WORKS" STANDARD FEATURES • 3 times the fow rate of conventional lever drains • No O-rings or gaskets to replace • Snakes from the sink top – no costly service calls • Choice of stainless steel or solid brass construction • Stainless steel handle for smooth, easy operation ® PREMIUM PLUMBING PRODUCTS by Component Hardware © Copyright 2014, Component Hardware Group, Inc. 01/2014 Superior Design, Exceptional Value. Encore's patented rotary drains are fast, reliable and designed to save on maintenance costs. AFFORDABLE PRICING Don't pay premium prices for just average plumbing! Get the best for less. Call or email us to fnd out how much you can save by switching to Encore. 800-526-3694 • 732-363-4700 • All Encore plumbing complies with the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act, with a total lead content less than 0.25% by weighted average. ™

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