Superior pre-construction services are often critical to the overall success of projects. IDEA’s estimating team provides pre-construction services that are second to none.
When engaged to provide pre-construction services we take an inclusive approach to preparing conceptual estimates. This approach to estimating is the exact opposite of the exclusive approach used in lump sum bidding, where the goal is to generate the lowest initial bid by taking a narrow view of the scope of work.
When preparing a conceptual estimate, our estimating staff does an outstanding job of anticipating requirements very early in the design process; identifying and enumerating elements that have not yet been incorporated into the design documents. This creates a checklist that often prompts the team to address items that critically impact the budget, but may have not yet been considered. Having this information makes it far easier to make informed decisions early in the design process, avoiding time consuming and costly re-design.
Our estimating process feeds the scheduling process by providing details needed to generate detailed schedules. With this as a starting point, we seek input from selected trade contractors to help identify conflicts and potential inefficiencies.
Milestone reviews occur at the end of schematic design, design development, and finally when construction documents are finalized and a guaranteed maximum price is established.