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Conditioned Space

Posted By Robert Klein, Wednesday, March 20, 2019
 

I’m reviewing a replacement cost estimate for a custom built home completely destroyed by fire.  In trying to determine the square foot of construction cost, I wanted to get others opinion if whether the Cost/SF should include only the conditioned space (living area) in the calculation or should it also include the unconditioned space (unfinished basement and attached garage)?

 

The recipient of the estimate is the insurer.

 

Robert C. Klein, CPE

Certification Committee

Tags:  certification 

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Certification – Test Proctors

Posted By Cinder McDonald, Monday, March 18, 2019
 

The ASPE Certification Team has recently seen a lack of follow through from our Proctors. While we understand exam proctoring is voluntary, the job is very important to maintain the integrity of the ASPE Certification Program.  

 

A Proctor will not be awarded PDUs if all Test Materials are not returned to the Certification Committee Team within two (2) business days.

 

Thank you; and remember, I am available for Certification questions or comments.

 

Kind regards,

 

Cinder McDonald

Certification Committee Coordinator

615-316-9200 – Office

615-347-0373 – Direct

Cinder@ASPEnational.org

 

Tags:  certification 

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Training

Posted By Heather Boulanger, Friday, March 15, 2019
 

I am an estimating professional and proud of it.  I have been an estimator for 38 years.  I have trained many employees and am happy to do so, especially when they get it and become contributing members of my team, helping us to achieve goals together.

 

Heck, I even serve on the Education Committee for ASPE and contribute ideas for programs to help the industry.

 

But, for the love of God, do I have to train every General Contractor’s junior engineer (and then the Architect) on every new project I submit on? 

 

More and more lately, I have had to explain what fireproofing does, why the UL designs on the plans don’t match the materials in the specifications so I can’t use them, why I shouldn’t have to fire rate miscellaneous non-structural steel, and why you can’t build the whole building then call us to do our work.

 

Oh, well, I guess that’s why they keep me around.

 

Heather Boulanger, CPE

Education Committee

Tags:  education 

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The Green New Deal

Posted By Karla Wursthorn, Wednesday, March 13, 2019
 

Unless you live under a rock, you’ve probably heard about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s “Green New Deal” in the news.  Whatever your political persuasion, whether you think it’s a great idea, aspirational or just plain silly, what if this movement grows legs?  Can you imagine trying to achieve net zero energy in all buildings in the next decade?  Seems highly improbable, but I am starting to see the beginning of a new trend in construction – Net Zero Energy.  First, it was LEED, then Passive House, and now I am seeing tax credits tied to building Net Zero Energy Homes!  In fact, I have spent the better part of last year in preconstruction for a Net Zero Energy speculative office building in Allentown, Pennsylvania (not exactly a hotbed of innovative building construction…).

 

So, if it it’s happening here, I assume this may be a trend in other places too.  I’ve love to hear what others are doing relative to innovative energy projects.

 

Karla Wursthorn, CPE

Standards Committee Chair

Tags:  standards 

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Estimators + Scope Creep

Posted By Phil Tournor, Monday, March 11, 2019
 

It seems like our roles as estimators have been expanded and are now experiencing “scope creep” like ever before.  We are now expected to be the builder, the estimator, the scheduler, BIM expert, LEAN and LEED expert, HRD (MBE/WBE. /Section 3) analyst, and now also the economist.    The owners of our companies are expecting more reports on economic data, monitoring material costs and, more importantly, monitoring construction spending per quarter in our respective markets.   I can say some weeks I am spending more time looking at the markets, interest rates, labor reports, and forecasts as I am bid documents and spec books.  

 

I would like ask how you think 2019 and 2020 are looking?  Our owner always tells me it is not about today, this month, this year, but what do we think 5, 10, and 15 years down the road.  

 

Phil Tournor, CPE

Certification Committee Member

Tags:  certification 

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Timber Towers

Posted By Deanne Goodlaxson, Friday, March 8, 2019
 

 

https://www.constructionspecifier.com/timber-towers-the-future-of-tall-wood-design 

 

This seems to possibly be the next structure to consider adding to our cost studies and design considerations. ASPE needs a HTETCO on timber tower erection.  Has anyone attacked this yet?  Has anyone estimated this yet? 

 

Sharing an estimate would not only help others to be enlightened with the cost considerations but would likely encourage its use in the industry!

 

 

Deanne Goodlaxson, CPE

Education Committee

Tags:  education 

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New GC Relationships

Posted By Ken Horner, Wednesday, March 6, 2019
 

Who can you trust when it comes to GC’s that you have never dealt with?

 

I tend to perform a Dunn & Bradstreet search to confirm the company is financially viable and check their website to see what projects they have done.  At times, I contact the company and speak with the lead estimator assigned to the particular project.

 

I wonder if other sub’s do the same thing.

 

 

Ken Horner, CPE

Certification Committee

Tags:  certification 

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Estimating Tools

Posted By Deanne Goodlaxson, Monday, March 4, 2019
 

With the beginning of a New Year we often reflect on our past life.  I have blogged about my realization that I don’t want to become a dinosaur estimator by the continuance in using yet another version of an excel spreadsheet.  I also acknowledged that change is easier in sequential steps rather than cliff jumping.  Yet, I can’t help myself to see what is out there to make our steps or leaps easier as technology continues to change the construction estimating world. I have researched and read more to help myself, and found this article by Trimble:  https://www.buildingpointpartners.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/022519-101_TrimbleGCEstimatorSuite_TN_1014_2pp_LR.pdf.

 

I know it is a promotional piece, but it seems estimators are being listened to in coming up with a “suite” of tools that still recognizes and incorporates an estimator’s knowledge.  What do you think?  Is this a good stepping stone toward the future and using more technology?

 

 

Deanne Goodlaxson, CPE

Education Committee

Tags:  education 

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Professional Development Units

Posted By Cinder McDonald, Friday, March 1, 2019
 

As Certification Committee Coordinator, I would like to take the time to provide clarification on PDU entries.

 

1.       PDUs are to be earned + logged within the calendar year.

 

2.       Any PDU entry greater than 3 PDU credits requires appropriate back-up documentation.

a.       Appropriate back-up documentation might be, the event / meeting invite or agenda or notes. Appropriate back-up should show details of the event / meeting, the content, and the time accounted for.

b.       Certificates of completion are perfect back-up documentation.

 

3.       CPEs are encouraged to place a reminder in their calendar, and enter PDU credits on a monthly basis as earned.  This will help to streamline the process and reduce stress that is created when entering last minute credits during Renewal time.

 

Again, the Certification Team is always available vie email at Certification@ASPEnational.org for questions or concerns.

 

 

Cinder McDonald

Certification Committee Coordinator

Tags:  certification 

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Historical Data

Posted By Rick Cormier, Wednesday, February 27, 2019
 

What are some of the ways you collect historic data?  Is it an elaborate database, simple spreadsheet or just updating your estimating software?  Or do you feel that it's not important since changes frequently?  Just curious to how others view this. 

 

Rick Cormier

Standards Committee

Tags:  standards 

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