Our team members are experienced working with client partners and understand that the cost estimate is a multi-purpose tool for the client.
Preliminary design: The project scope has not been defined and the the estimate at this stage is used to help define scope and anticipate costs for the project, evaluate alternatives and secure budgetary funding.
Intermediate design: The project scope has been partially defined. The estimate is updated to reflect current scope and validate budget and funding assumptions made during the preliminary design phase. During this phase adjustments to the scope of work can be made to ensure project is within the allocated and planned budget.
Final design: At this stage, the project scope has been fully defined and ready procurement phase. The estimate is updated with fully detailed unit costs and take-off and will validate that the project costs are within the the allocated budget.
Due to the dynamic purpose of the estimates, our approach and estimating strategies vary at different stages of development of the project. GCE offers cost estimating services at all stages of the project lifecycle.