CONCEPTUAL COST ESTIMATING
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CONCEPTUAL COST ESTIMATING CLIENTELE Ann Arbor Architects Bring your Development of accurate cost opinions of probable Collaborative, Inc. next project cost to construct projects BEI Associates in on budget is a discipline which is with accurate both science and art. The Cooper Design estimating before “science” has been and continues to be developed Steven C. Flum, Inc. you start design via computer data, software Hamilton Anderson Associates development. and systems. The “art” comes from knowing and Are you still doing JK Janiga Architects, Inc. understanding construction, estimating the old market conditions, general Kessler & Associates fashioned way? conditions, specifications, Elisabeth Knibbe Architects Project costs change materials, methods, and due to many variables such other variables as only NSA Architects as time of year, location, an experienced “Certified architect, contractors, the Neumann/Smith & Associates Professional Estimator” can. client market conditions, industry conditions, type of Quinn Evans/Architects contracts etc. Can you really Redstone Architects rely on your past experience CostEstimatingServices or unit costs from a published Roger Sherman Partners, Inc. The Whitney, Detroit cost estimating book? NOT! “Todays successful StudioZONE architects and owners Trinity Design will bring to their projects experienced professionals Conceptual, Schematic, Design Development Wah Yee Associates to complete their projects... and Working Drawings Estimating Drawings including Certified J. Wolf Associates/ Professional Estimators.” Architects, Inc. The Jain Temple URS Corporation Farmington Hills Wolf Wineman, Inc. Maltese Building Dearborn Dearborn Cardiology 630 S. Main Street, Suite A Dearborn Plymouth, Michigan 48170 Voice: 734.737.0500 Fax: 734.737.0505 Web: www.djmaltese.com Formerly Edward Colbert/Systems A FA M I LY T R A D I T I O N S I N C E 1946 COMPANY PROFILE DJMCC provides services TYPE OF PROJECTS ESTIMATING D. J. MALTESE COST in the field of systems analysis. D JMCC has built a strong E stimating is a mixture of CONSULTING (DJMCC) A sample of project problems background with diversified science and art with a strong is a firm in the practice of which have been undertaken expertise. This background, experience factor. It requires professional cost estimating. to date include: along with dedication to specific the proper scientific knowledge The firm was established in Cost-benefit studies client needs, allows us to offer of the materials, techniques, 1988 by Dominic J. Maltese, on the feasibility of our services on all systems, assembly, market Jr., ASPE, CPE (formerly constructing earth-integrated Good cost estimating doesn't cost... Edward Colbert/Systems) and structures as opposed to earth- is affiliated with D. J. Maltese, a Construction Services firm. surface structures. “ it pays” The firm's base of operations Potential “pay-back” is located at 630 South Main in the use of materials of Street, Plymouth, Michigan, varying quality within a structure, considering initial Dominic J. Maltese, Jr., ASPE, CPE a suburb of Detroit in southeastern Michigan. cost, product life, replacement Conceptual, The principal thrust of requirements, maintenance Schematic, Design DJMCC is that of enriching costs, and the impact of the Development the values and processes of economic system under which types of commercial, industrial, climate and schedule restraints. the work of architecture such a study is undertaken. residential and institutional It also requires the art of and Working through the application of Cost effectiveness projects. This includes understanding the project’s Drawings Estimating. new techniques born of the of the thermal improvement projects of new construction, intent, starting time and team analytical sciences. To of existing structures in light remodeling, adaptive reuse, players involved. represent the “age” in which of escalating energy costs. restoration and special Our computer cost models we live and to function installations. have included both conceptual Dominic J. Maltese, Jr. ASPE, professionally in terms of the Maximizing of plant and developed budget utilization and efficiency best that is available is the projections and design during periods of construction. CPE is past President (1999) guiding principle behind our estimating, as well as quantity efforts. The computer and Evaluations of relative based estimating, cost-benefit the computer sciences and costs of varying contractual modeling, building geometry of the Associated General experience are primary systems to achieve construction and site utilization optimizing. instruments in use in our firm. goals. Our models encompass We develop theory in our architectural, mechanical and Contractors of America, Detroit Efficiency evaluations daily applications, sometimes electrical disciplines. Cost of techniques and in answer to specific “client- analysis of project costs can availability in the originated” problems. start from geometric shapes Chapter and past President production of contract Some theories are merely and basic concepts. Through construction documents. a response to our own curiosity the various levels of architectural The Jain Temple (interior) General evaluations (1995-96) of the American and a need to improve ways to development we monitor the Farmington Hills approach solutions to problems of multiple project as opposed project costs to keep your general to our industry. to individual project project on budget. We work Society of Professional construction, considering with you to flag possible cost available technology and saving elements throughout the current construction procedures. design process. Estimators, Detroit Chapter.