News : Estimation

How Open Shops Motivate Competition and Drive Value in the Construction Industry

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During the past century, unions have been associated with maintaining industry standards and protecting employee rights. Trends in recent years, however, suggest open shop policies may be better at fostering an inclusive and competitive environment where contractors can implement multiskilling and other streamlining tactics. An open shop construction policy, also known as a merit shop, …

Digging Deep Into Conceptual Budgeting: Foreseeable and Unforeseeable Costs in Cost Estimation

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Pre-construction estimates are some of the first deliverables given to construction clients. From framing a budget to predicting hard and soft costs, conceptual budgeting sets the tone for the overall build. While many clients are eager to begin a new project, it’s important to first analyze location, environmental hazards, and the unforeseeable costs of a …

Project Spotlight: The Stadium Tech Project

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Despite having to survive the Great Recession after its 2007 inception as well as overcome significant construction challenges, the Stadium Tech project emerged triumphantly in the spring of 2016. Its Santa Clara address is within shouting distance of nearby Levi’s Stadium and in the heart of Silicon Valley. Six stories of floor-to-ceiling glass, the distinguishing …

From Architects to General Contractors: Why Cost Estimation Is All About Relationships

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All construction efforts start with cost estimation—from estimating materials to estimating labor costs—a lot goes into the preliminary estimate of a project. However, despite the need for accurate information, the most important aspect of cost estimation is a quality relationship between the project team and the general contractor. The more in sync contractors are with …

Inside the Mind of a General Contractor: From Estimating Construction Costs to Groundbreaking

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Construction Estimation is one of the most essential phases in the construction process. How a general contractor analyzes a construction build plays a major role in the groundbreaking of new project. Understanding what goes into the conceptual budget of a project is vastly important in fiding the right general contractor for your latest project. Recently, five of …

Cost Estimation: The Cornerstone of Every Construction Project

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Laozi, an ancient Chinese philosopher, once said, “A journey of a 1000 miles starts with a single step.” Likewise, the most complex large-scale construction projects could not begin without an accurate estimation of costs. Accurate cost estimation by professional construction estimators is critical in creating and maintaining a feasible budget of project costs. Elements of …

South Bay Construction Launches Updated Cost Reference Guide

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South Bay Construction is proud to announce our newest Cost Reference Guide that you can download for iOS and Android! With our newest version of the app, you can get the most up-to-date construction pricing and market data to help you in your latest construction project. The pricing guide mirrors the current Bay Area market …

Construction Project Budgeting 101

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Maintaining a budget is difficult no matter whether it is tracking household expenditures or a multi-million dollar construction project. Sticking tightly to an agreed upon budget takes discipline, but it can be difficult on a large project where there are many fingers in the pie. While a construction budget should be seen as an evolving …

The Story Behind Construction Planning: Preparing a Construction Project for Launch

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Chances are great you’ve seen a ceremonial photograph from a ribbon cutting ceremony. Smiling people don hard hats, cut the ceremonial ribbon, or overturn a symbolic shovelful of dirt in front of key stakeholders to mark the beginning of a project. In reality, this ceremony is far from the beginning. Interested parties have been working …

Value Engineering in Construction: Our Approach to Project Design

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Value Engineering in Construction When applied to the construction process, value engineering has enormous benefit for developers. The multi-step process is an integral part the design stage of a new development and aimed at increasing value. In value engineering, value is defined as function divided by cost. Concentrating on the maximizing the project’s function while …