In the conceptual or pre-schematic state, we prepare the cost
estimate with very little specific project information available,
no drawings and a preliminary study only.
It is normally used during the early stage of a project to
determine if the project is feasible or economically justifiable
with only broad general parameters available. The Estimating time
required to prepare this type of conceptual cost estimate is
minimal and the corresponding limits of accuracy are wide.
The schematic design estimate is prepared when the decision has
been made to proceed with the project. This type of cost estimate may be for the total expected
construction cost. Quite
often it may be the cost of various sub elements in the structure
to select the most economical building system during this design
phase. The estimate becomes more specific, requires more time to
prepare and consequently becomes more accurate.
The design development
estimate will illustrate the scope and level of quality of the
project. There should
be no further changes in spatial layout, basic materials,
structural, or mechanical and electrical systems. The basic design
elements should be considered "frozen" subject to change
only for extremely compelling reasons. The estimate now is the
basis for a reliable construction
document estimate takes place after the project is ready to be constructed
under a firm contract price. In this phase, a formal proposal is
submitted, the project
design drawings and specifications have all been completed, and
calendar time frame for construction has been established. This estimate has the most project information available
and consequently a substantial amount of estimating effort is
required for measurements of quantities, cost analysis and cost
summation, which provide the most accurate estimate for the
project. All of these general type estimates will use the
16-division CSI MASTERFORMAT.
During Project Development
and attend meetings with Architect and Owner during the
development of conceptual and preliminary (schematic design to
advise on site use and improvements.
materials, building systems and equipment.
Provide recommendations on construction, feasibility,
availability of materials and labor, and time requirements for
alternative designs or materials for preliminary budgets and
a project time schedule that coordinates and integrates the
architects design effort with a construction schedule.
the project schedule incorporating a detailed schedule of
construction activities that allow for processing of shop
drawings, samples, and delivery of items requiring long lead
the owner's unique requirements for occupancy which may
include the phasing of the construction schedule.
of Contract Documents
the drawings and specifications, as they are prepared.
recommendations and alternate solutions whenever the design
details affect construction feasibility on construction
for purchase, and expedite the procurement of long lead items
to insure construction sequence schedule.
recommendations to Architect and Owner on areas of conflict
and overlapping of work by Sub-Contractors.
pre-qualification criteria for bidders.
Sub Contractor's interest in the project as working and
specifications are completed.
bids and make recommendation to Owners on awarding of
a coordination schedule to be used by Owner and General
Contractor for on site control, rapid impact of proposed
changes and rapid processing of payment requests.
construction progress to provide early warning of delays and
to verify percentage of work complete, using the coordination
schedule in conjunction with the General Contractor's
control integrated with schedule control for Owner's use in
review and approval of General Contractor's payment requests
and change orders impacting the budget.
progress meetings at the construction site as required. The
focus of these meetings shall be coordination of work,
transmission of information, review of General Contractor's
requests for payment and problem identification and
out the job in conjunction with the Architect's detailed
schedule of project close out activities including punch list
produced by project participants and the monitoring of their
Analysis and expert testimony,
as necessary, will be provided, related
to any claim that might arise on the project.
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- Reports in
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