Commercial Construction Cost Estimating

Construction estimators determine the estimated costs for a construction company to complete a project for a client. The company uses these cost estimates to establish its pricing or bids for the projects in which they are competing.

Cost estimates can be classified into three types according to their intended purpose. The three types of cost estimates are design, bid, and control estimates. Follow Us!

For a ballpark estimate of how much your commercial project might cost, you can follow these steps:

  1. Establish the building quality class.
  2. Calculate the area of the first floor.
  3. Multiply that by square foot costs estimates as explained above.
  4. Add the costs of mechanical and electrical fixtures.

What is an estimate in business?

An estimate is an educated guess at what a job may cost. It isn’t binding. To account for possible unforeseen developments, you should provide several estimates based on various circumstances, including the worst-case scenario. This will prevent your customer from being surprised by the costs.

Are construction estimators in demand?

In Alberta, 2234: Construction estimators occupational group is expected to have a below-average annual growth of 1.8% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 78 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

Methods of Cost Estimation in Projects – Tools and Techniques

  • Expert Judgement Method.
  • Analogous Estimating Method.
  • Parametric Estimating Method.
  • Bottom-up Estimating Method.
  • Three-Point Estimating Method.
  • Data Analysis Method.
  • Project Management Information System Method.
  • Decision-Making Method.

What is an example of an estimate?

To find a value that is close enough to the right answer, usually with some thought or calculation involved. Example: Alex estimated there were 10,000 sunflowers in the field by counting one row and then multiplying by the number of rows.

Types of estimates:

  • Preliminary Estimate. Preliminary estimates are also called rough or approximate estimates, according to Civil Engineering Daily. …
  • Detailed Estimate. A business can convert a preliminary estimate to a detailed estimate. …
  • Quantity Estimate. …
  • Bid Estimate.

What is a hard bid estimate?

The hard bid pricing is a standard in the building industry that after several years in decline appears to be making a comeback. In a hard bid situation, multiple contractors take the same set of plans and specifications and at the end of the bid period provide a cost for the project.

Cost estimation in project management

Cost estimation in project management is the process of forecasting the financial and other resources needed to complete a project within a defined scope. Cost estimation accounts for each element required for the project—from materials to labor—and calculates a total amount that determines a project’s budget.