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Larry D Bjork
CM 331
Seattle Campus

Construction Estimating I

Introduction to the principles and techniques of estimating construction costs, with emphasis on quantity take-off and pricing elements of work. Prerequisite: CM 323. Offered: Sp.

Class description

Introduction to the principles and techniques of estimating construction costs with emphasis on quantity take-off and pricing of specific elements of work based on construction drawings and specifications and cost data books. The class will include individual and team assignments as well as a significant number of quantity take-off exercises for all major self-performed work items taken from a recently completed construction project. The class will also include general comparisons of different types of estimating formats.

Student learning goals

To learn how to perform quantity survey for self performed items of work from a contractors perspective

To understand the basic fundamentals of pricing self performed work items.

To understand the different kinds of estimates you will be asked to do during the course of your construction career.

To understand the process of a construction estimate from quantity survey through recapping and pricing to estimate summary.

To understand why estimating is a critical skill to perfect entering your construction career

To prepare each student and provide a baseline knowledge for participation in CM 410 class

General method of instruction

Lecture, class participation and class exercises

Recommended preparation

Come prepared with calculator, architectural and engineering scales and notebooks to take good notes and most of all come prepared to actively participate in class exercises in order to learn to perfect estimating skills.

Class assignments and grading

Most assignments will be done in class so "hands on" assistance from instructor and class mates can be done. There will be one team assignment at the end of the quarter.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Larry D Bjork
Date: 02/22/2011