From the moment architects engage with a client, or even a potential client, one of the questions they face is how much will the project cost? This implicitly requires the architect to have a basic knowledge of estimating a building cost. The purpose of this short course is to give architects, especially those in the early or mid-levels of their careers, a working knowledge of estimating.
- Estimating terminology, levels of accuracy, methodologies, and the use of industry databases.
- Design factors that impact building costs – separating the code, safety, and functional requirements from the discretionary elements.
- Limits of architect’s role in estimating and the point where outside professional estimators should be engaged.
The course material will draw from published industry materials and the instructor’s 30+ years of experience as an architect, construction manager and university instructor in estimating.