You can get a preliminary estimate at the concept stage of your construction project, during the initial design phase. The purpose is to provide you with an introductory cost of your project. Yours can be done prior to the availability of detailed drawings. We are highly skilled in estimating at this stage of a project. Count on our state of the art systems to make your bids as accurate and timely as possible.
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Your preliminary estimate will give you insight into the cost of your project before detailed plans are drawn up. You will be provided with a cost that you can present with confidence to your client, based on our 30 years of estimating experience, using calculations determined on the latest software. You can expect to receive a projected cost that is as accurate as possible based on the information you provide.
We can use a building information model (BIM) to determine many factors of the preconstruction plan just by using our point and click measuring system. Your bill of materials will be based on a variety of measurements:
– The square footage of each area
– The square footage of your total project
– The linear footage of each structure
As the concept changes, the BIM can also be changed and the new model can be viewed by all parties. The bill of materials for your proposed project can be imported onto an Excel spread sheet to be sent out for pricing. These prices can be used to further ensure accuracy. Of course, the more information you provide, the greater the accuracy of the estimate.
The benefits of your having a preliminary estimate made include:
– Increasing awareness of probable costs, in order to gain early financial commitment
– To determine costs for budget control
– To inform the architects and engineers of the cost of the project and the commitments you require
The information in the preliminary estimate will include:
– The date of the estimate and the expected tender date
– The drawings and brief specification details
– The expected variation from the estimate to the actual construction costs
– The more information provided, the narrower the variation will be.
A preliminary estimate is often based on templates and information from past projects. This is why you will benefit from an experienced estimating team like ours. We can draw upon the history of comparable projects. These may be based on factors that can include project type, geographical region and methods of construction. Very often, they are based on building type multiplied by the square foot cost. For example, a school is estimated at so much per square foot multiplied by the total square footage of the particular project. The same may be applied to office buildings of a few floors. High rise projects may be calculated by a floor cost x the number of floors.
With the advantage of a highly experienced estimation team, the calculation of costs for your estimate can help you to avoid strain on your builder/client relationship. There is no substitute, in any stage of the estimating process, for a seasoned professional providing the most precise projection possible. Let us show you how we can lead you from concept to completion with the latest technology available in the industry today.