The Estimator is responsible for preparing accurate, timely, competitive and complete bids and conceptual estimates as required.  This includes reviewing and understanding bid documents, insuring comprehensive subcontractor bid coverage, quantity surveys, bid review and cost analysis.


1) Reports to the Vice President of Preconstruction



Attends and participates in the monthly Estimating Meeting and All Office Meeting.  May also be requested to attend and participate in the following Project Meetings: Turnover Meeting, Monthly Cost Report Meeting, and Close-out Meeting.  May provide advice and guidance with respect to pricing strategy, scope clarifications, subcontractor selections, and other estimating or bid concerns.

May be requested to attend and conduct pre bid meetings.  Meets with subcontractors on site to review site conditions and discuss bid scope. Reviews notes and discusses site conditions with staff prior to bidding.


Maintains an awareness of the local construction market as it relates to the subcontractor base.  Develops contacts and relationships with prominent individuals within the subcontractor community.  Uses this network to establish a perpetual base of qualified subcontractors within the major trades.  Responsible for selecting qualified bidders and insuring that selected subcontractors are treated in a fair and impartial manner with respect to the bid process.


Works closely with the Bid Solicitor and Plan Coordinator in planning and prioritizing duties related to subcontractor bid selection, review, and solicitation along with communication of bid results.


Maintains a positive working relationship with owners and design team representatives.  Works pro-actively to anticipate, understand, and fulfill their requests.  Works closely with the Chief Estimator to schedule and prioritize bid and conceptual estimating work in a manner that most readily supports customer demands.


Reads and familiarizes self with plans and specifications.  Prepares general conditions for review.  Sets up bid forms as requested.  Oversees, reviews and prepares scope sheets to reflect bid documents and specifications.

Reviews bid addendums and confirms affected trades are noted on scope sheets.  Verifies that subcontractors are aware of and in compliance with addendum changes.

Reviews subcontractor project questions and engages in consultation with the estimating team for appropriate responses.

Drafts and submits RFI’s derived from internal review and investigations or subcontractor questions.

Reviews subcontractor bids and compares to in house information and other bids for scope, inclusions, exclusions, quantities and costs.  Enters all pertinent information into the bid analysis workbook and establishes line item costs based upon analysis of all information including subcontractor bids and in house takeoffs.  Verify addendums are noted and information is addressed appropriately.

Prepares inclusion and exclusion list in manner which addresses all potential exposures.


Perform takeoffs and quantity surveys for estimates. Responsible for maintaining Timberline estimating system, updating unit costs and adding items as required having current costs reflected.  Develop both conceptual and plan based estimates using historical data and estimating system and digitizing tools.


When requested by the Chief Estimator participates in preparing a list of alternative methods, means, materials, and systems and items that make changes to the project cost but retains the quality and city mandated items. Verify accuracy and completeness of changes and that insure that proposed alternate systems are practical.


This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, efforts, or working conditions associated with the position.  While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current position, management reserves the right to revise the position or to require that other or different tasks be performed when circumstances change (e.g. emergencies, changes in personnel, workload, rush jobs, or technological development.) We are an equal opportunity employer and comply with Executive Order 11246.

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