Cost estimating has three essential parts: take-off, pricing, and project review. Our estimators know the science of creating a detailed take-off from design documents. However, the real art lies in seeing what is not in the drawings—understanding how market conditions and unique aspects of the project will impact costs. This is where experience matters, and it is why clients turn to B&F.
We engage early in the design process to anticipate scope that is not yet drawn. Our on-going work with the design team allows us to create reasonable cost forecasts for aspects of the project that are still undefined. These critical estimates help to inform design decisions in early phases when changes are less costly to make and can have the biggest impact on savings.
We provide comprehensive estimates at specific milestones, such as Schematic Design and Design Development. Additionally, by reviewing the proposed materials and design intent on a continuous basis, we can advise on cost implications and suggest alternatives when appropriate, rather than reacting to a finished design.
We closely monitor current bid results and contractor pricing for projects managed by our Owner's Rep team. This allows us to provide valuable input to designers regarding cost variables such as escalation, union and non-union construction, LEED goals, MBE/WBE participation, and the influence of government regulations on construction costs.
Rather than defaulting to industry software, B&F has developed an estimate format that is intuitive for human decision-making. Early in the process, we organize costs by functional systems (i.e., building structure, exterior envelope, etc.) rather than by trade or material divisions. This helps designers and owners to better understand the relationship between design choices and cost.
“We have collaborated with B&F on dozens of projects, from feasibility studies to complex, multi-million-dollar new buildings. B&F’s precise cost estimates and commitment to the project’s success helps us maintain strong relationships with our team.”
Christa Kraftician, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, Spillman Farmer Architects
“The value that Becker & Frondorf has added to our work for decades is substantial; we consistently rely on their expertise and informed appraisal of the possible costs involved with a project. They figure prominently in developing our strategy to staying within the budget.”
Emmanuel Kelly, Principal, Kelly/Maiello, Inc.
“We have been working with Becker & Frondorf for many years, both as Cost Estimators and as Project Managers. In both capacities, we have always found them to be knowledgeable and collaborative in pursuit of a shared vision for the project.”
Randy Reid, AIA, Principal, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
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