Estimating in Building Construction

Total of 8 full-day classes - February 12, 13   March 5, 6   April 9, 11   April 30, May 1
All classes will be held from 8am to 5pm in ABC Triangle Training Center
Class size is limited to provide an interactive experience and to allow the faculty to be fully available to the attendees.

ABC of the Carolinas is proud to offer: Estimating in Building Construction 

The classes introduce estimating procedures in a clear and precise manner explaining all the procedures of estimating the cost of construction work such as quantity takeoff, pricing of the contractor's work, pricing sub-trade work, pricing site overhead and properly utilizing bid documents. This course provides thorough instruction on the principles of construction estimating and the skills to become a professional estimator by using drawings from several real projects, thereby walking the attendee through the complete estimating process which can be used in various trades on many different types of construction projects.

Estimating in Building Construction is an 8-day, instructor-led, training class designed to introduce participants to the essentials of estimating in the commercial construction environment. The course structure effectively combines introductory lecture and discussion with hands-on application of useful estimating principles, tools, and techniques through applied case study exercises. The course covers the basics of all Estimating processes including: finding projects to bid, obtaining documents, setting up the estimate, studying the plans and specifications, time management, modern take-off tools, using Excel templates, how to break out costs for alternates and unit costs, breaking out costs of building systems (Foundations, Structure, Exterior, TI Fitout, etc.), coordinating with estimators of other disciplines, giving the Client cost information that is appropriate for their needs, and breaking out costs for Owner’s bid forms.

The ABC Estimating in Building Construction Course was designed by, and specifically for, today's contractors. Owners, project managers, estimators, and any employee involved in estimating projects are recommended to attend. Attendees will learn how to utilize and develop tools that will improve profitability and productivity as well as increase customer satisfaction. This is an interactive course, focused on application. By using the skills taught in the course, Estimators will learn that the importance of accuracy and being organized are some of the requirements for success. Includes instructional material which is an excellent reference and can continually be referred to so important steps in the estimating process aren’t forgotten.

The course will cover the following topics:
• Setup of a new Estimate
• Resources and Processes
• Various Methods of Estimating
• Skills of an Estimator
• Organizational Structure of an Estimate
• Modern Takeoff Tools and Techniques
• Estimating Labor, Material & Equipment
• Markups, Overhead & Profit
• Earthwork, Exteriors & Interiors Estimating
• Mechanical, Plumbing Electrical Estimating
• Lump Sum Bidding & Proposals
• Estimating General Conditions and On-site Costs

Each participant in the course will receive:
• All written course materials and manuals are provided:
• Comprehensive Student Guide
• Workbook - Including Course Study Guide and Templates
• Certificate of Participation
• 64 Professional Development Units (PDUs) / Hours in Project Management Education

The primary objectives include learning how:
• To use available resources (and tips) for finding worthwhile opportunities for bidding and estimating
• To recognize which projects are worth pursuing, and which ones are a waste of time
• To be organized, and be prepared to share information with internal and external “partners”
• To know the proper format of an estimate based on the Client’s needs, and the documents available
• To setup an estimate so it easily provides necessary information to others
• To use modern takeoff tools and templates for time-saving accuracy
• To estimate various trade work: Earthwork, Concrete, Masonry, Steel, Exterior, Roofing, Finishes
• To estimate Fire Protection, Plumbing, HVAC, Electrical & Tele/Data
• To estimate general conditions costs & on-site costs
• To build cost databases, and utilize in-house historical costs
• To purchase resources for building costs
• To apply overhead, profit, & contingencies
• To successfully develop a Lump Sum Bid, using modern tools and resources
• To develop profit strategies, based on each project’s risks

Cancellation Policy: 5 Business Days Prior to Class. If on day of class, no show/ no call the company will be charged with no make-up option
ABC Charlotte Office
610 Minuet Lane
Charlotte, NC  28217
(704) 367-1331

ABC Triangle Office
1000 Investment Blvd
Apex, NC  27502
(919) 267-6428
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Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national construction industry trade association representing more than 21,000 members. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 70 chapters help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work.