Pre-Construction Professionals

Pre-Construction Managers and Estimators prepare detailed cost estimates for the project based on the design documents, narratives, and specifications.

Senior Estimators, Estimators & Associate Estimators

The Estimator analyzes all project documents to determine the overall estimated cost of a project. Estimators gather, calculate and compile data to produce construction cost estimates for competitive bid proposals in a timely manner. The Estimator is also required to perform a thorough and detailed turnover of awarded projects to the project management team.

Key Job Responsibilities

  • Reviewing bid documents (plans, specifications, geotechnical reports, etc.)
  • Preparing scopes of work for specific trades.
  • Completing quantity takeoff for assigned trade responsibilities using OnScreen Takeoff software.
  • Monitoring project bid list(s) and communicating with our trade partners to ensure coverage.
  • Gathering and analyzing subcontractor bids on bid day, and entering price/scope data into spreadsheets for bid/scope comparison.

Required For Success

  • For Estimators & Senior Estimators, we look for 3–10+ years of relevant work experience – ideally in commercial construction or with estimating and managing self-performed work activities and subcontracted work.
  • Associate Estimators are entry-level candidates with 0-2 years relevant work experience.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Construction Management or a related field preferred, but not required.
  • Strong problem solving, prioritization and organizational skills.
  • Keen attention to detail
  • Must have the ability to work on multiple projects with different deadlines simultaneously.
  • Proficient with office productivity software, including Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Experience with estimation software, such as On Screen Takeoff and Blue Beam is helpful, but not required.

Pre-Construction & Senior Pre-Construction Managers

Key Job Responsibilities

  • Set-up or oversee new budgets/estimates.
  • Gather additional information that may be useful in budget preparation (Google Earth, etc.).
  • Prepare pre-con budget template files (Bid Trade Breakdown, sub list, detail estimate, qualifications, etc.).
  • Perform quantity takeoffs, and budget costs for individual trades and projects as a whole.
  • Develop tab sheets (scopes of work).
  • Gather subcontractor proposals and prepare bid tabulation. Develop detailed budget estimates.
  • Modify qualifications template document to be specific for each project and level of design.
  • Prepare scope clarification sketches (from On Screen Takeoff) to use during budget review and as attachments in our proposal.
  • Prepare Owner proposal documents.
  • Maintain current unit prices for material/assembly to be used in the detail estimate template.
  • Develop and update comparison spreadsheets for market sectors (Office, Multi-Family, Industrial, Senior Living, Retail).
  • Stay current with market trends regarding technology/systems related to estimating/preconstruction and identify efficiencies.
  • Develop/maintain Owner and subcontractor relationships.
  • Coordinate and attend subcontractor networking events.

Required For Success

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Construction Management or a related field preferred, but not required.
  • 8+ years’ relevant work experience – ideally in commercial construction with estimating experience in all trades.
  • Strong problem solving, prioritization and organizational skills.
  • Keen attention to detail
  • Must have the ability to work on multiple projects with different deadlines simultaneously.
  • Proficient with office productivity software, including Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Experience with estimation software, such as On Screen Takeoff and Blue Beam.

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