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1st Edition

Construction Cost Estimating

ISBN 9780367902681
Published April 8, 2021 by Routledge
354 Pages

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Book Description

Construction Cost Estimating equips a new generation of students and early-career professionals with the skills they need to bid successfully on projects. From developing bid strategies to submitting a completed bid, this innovative textbook introduces the fundamentals of construction estimating through a real-life case study that unfolds across its 24 chapters. Exercises at the end of each chapter offer hands-on practice with core concepts such as quantity take-offs, pricing, and estimating for subcontractor work. Online resources provide instant access to examples of authentic construction documents, including complete, detailed direct work estimates, subcontractor work estimates, general conditions estimates, markups, and summary schedules.

Through its unique mix of real-world examples and classroom-tested insights, Construction Cost Estimating ensures that readers are familiar with the entire estimating process even before setting foot on the jobsite.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introductury concepts, Chapter 2. Types of estimates, Chapter 3. Contract considerations, Chapter 4 Introduction to construction project management, Chapter 5. Preconstruction, Chapter 6. Concrete substructure quantity take-off, including foundations and slab-on-grade, Chapter 7. Concrete superstructure, Chapter 8. Structural steel, Chapter 9. Carpentry, Chapter 10. Direct labor, Chapter 11. Concrete pricing, Chapter 12. Pricing balance of general contractor self-performed work, Chapter 13. Equipment, Chapter 14. Envelope and finish subcontracted scopes, Chapter 15. Mechanical, electrical, and conveyance systems, Chapter 16. Civil work, Chapter 17. Jobsite general conditions, Chapter 18. Estimating markups, Chapter 19. Estimate summary,  Chapter 20. Bid day process, Chapter 21. Estimating ethics, Chapter 22. Technology tools, Chapter 23. Other types of estimates, Chapter 24. Construction project management applications of estimates

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Len Holm is Associate Teaching Professor at the University of Washington. He has over 40 years’ construction industry experience at all levels and owns his own construction management firm. He is the author of numerous books on construction, including Cost Accounting and Financial Management for Construction Project Managers and 101 Case Studies in Construction Management, and coauthor of Introduction to Construction Project Engineering with Giovanni Migliaccio and Construction Superintendents with John E. Schaufelberger.

John E. Schaufelberger is Dean Emeritus of the College of Built Environments and Professor of Construction Management at the University of Washington. He is the coauthor of Management of Construction Projects and Construction Superintendents with Len Holm, Construction Equipment Management, 2nd edition with Giovanni Migliaccio, and Professional Ethics for the Construction Industry with Rebecca Mirsky.


"Holm and Schaufelberger have always been visionaries in the construction industry." –Christian LaRocco, Partner, Development Manager, MJR Development