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Presenter: Glen Beckstead and 3 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Salt Lake City, UT

Marriott University Park
480 Wakara Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
Phone: 801-581-1000

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Lunch (On your own):         12:00 - 1:00 pm

Afternoon Session:             1:00 - 4:30 pm

Producing Different Types of Cost Estimates
Marcene Taylor, G. Beckstead

   Purposes of and methodologies for cost estimates
      • Design estimate
      • Bid estimate
      • Control estimate

Construction Estimating Resources and Processes
Marcene Taylor, G. Beckstead

   Estimating team
   Estimating process
   Data resources
   CSI Master format

Estimating Labor, Equipment, Overhead and Profit
Marcene Taylor, G. Beckstead, Phil Capell, Brent Wright

   Estimating labor costs
   Estimating for construction equipment costs
   Estimating overhead costs
   Estimating profit

Estimating Construction Materials and Services
Marcene Taylor, G. Beckstead

   Earthwork and excavation
   Concrete structures
   Wood structures
   Steel structures

Estimating Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing
Phil Capell, Brent Wright

   Electrical systems
   Mechanical systems

Using Construction Estimating Software
Marcene Taylor, G. Beckstead

   Review of industry-standard software

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

Professional Engineers
     6.5 PDHs

     6.5 HSW CE Hours
     6.5 AIA HSW Learning Units

     Non-Credit Continuing Education

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 6.5 PDHs to professional engineers and 6.5 HSW continuing education hours to architects in all states, excluding Florida architects. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Utah.

This seminar is approved by the American Institute of Architects for 6.5 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885). Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA/CES.

HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York architects. HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), New York (NYSED SponsorNo. 35), North Carolina, and North Dakota.

This course offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to construction contractors.

Attendance will be monitored and reported, as required. Attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


Glen Beckstead

Owner/Chief Estimator at Conceptual Cost Estimating in Salt Lake City
Mr. Beckstead has been a cost estimator in the Salt Lake area for over forty years. In that time, his experience spans almost every type and size of construction project, covering almost 47 billion dollars of construction. He has provided cost consulting for many of the architects and owners in the Utah area, as well as throughout the United States and the world. He expertise include LEED costing for all types of construction, cost opinions for pre-construction through final bid for owners and architectural firms, program cost opinions, detailed cost opinions using CSI breakdown, cost control, value engineering and many more. Mr. Beckstead has provided cost opinions on over 3,500 projects, including the Salt Lake International Airport Renewal and Replacement and many other major projects. He is also an experienced speaker on cost estimation

Phil Capell, CPE

Vice President/Director of Pre-Construction Services at GSL Electric Inc.
Mr. Capell specializes in electrical cost estimating. He is a journeyman electrician, president of the Salt Lake Chapter of the American Society of Professional Estimators, and a vice president at GSL Electric, currently operating as manager of Pre-Construction Services. Mr. Capell began his career as an apprentice electrician working for H&R Electric from 1998-2002. In August of 2002, he began working for GSL Electric as an estimator. From 2006 to 2012, Mr. Capell worked as a project manager for GSL Electric, managing a wide range of projects including small commercial, large commercial, large industrial projects at Kennecott and Barrick mines, water and waste water projects, and projects at food processing facilities. Mr. Capell has an associates degree in Construction Management as well as a bachelor’s degree in Technology Management both from Utah Valley University. He completed his electrical apprenticeship at Utah Valley University through the IEC program and currently holds journeyman licenses in the states of Utah and Wyoming. He is also a certified professional estimator. Mr. Capell oversees all hard bid estimating for GSL Electric. The types of bids include a wide variety of facilities and types of construction such as small commercial, religious facilities including many LDS temples, food processing facilities, healthcare facilities, educational facilities, industrial projects including power plants, various mining applications, and oil and gas as well as water and waste water projects. He manages and trains the estimators working for him, maintains the software estimating database and works with the project management team after the project is captured to maximize productivity and cost savings opportunities.

Marcene Taylor, CPE

President at Marcene Taylor Inc.
Ms. Taylor is a specialist in conceptual cost estimating, a published essayist, national president of the American Society of Professional Estimators, and president of Marcene Taylor Inc. She began her estimating career as an apprentice at Davis Langdon in 1996, then joined HMC Architects from 2001 to 2007. She was then the principal in charge of cost planning for mack5 until 2010 when she started Marcene Taylor Inc. She has written articles for Estimating Today as well as contributed to the books Hot Jobs and Non-Traditional Careers for Women and Men. Ms. Taylor has a Certificate in Construction Project Management from California State University, Dominguez Hills, and she is a certified professional estimator. She conducts cost planning and analysis for a variety of different facility types, specializing in healthcare, educational, civic and academic facilities. Ms. Taylor specializes in early conceptual estimating to ensure that a project’s scope is achievable for the budget available, emphasizing not only the construction cost portion of the project, but also the entire project budget.

Brent Wright, CPE

Lead Estimator at GSL Electric Inc.
Mr. Wright is a lead estimator for GSL Electric. He is currently serving as vice president of Chapter 51 (Salt Lake City) of the American Society of Professional Estimators. He began his construction career as a young carpenter, working during the summers for MK Construction as a framer and finish carpenter. During this time, he also learned how to pour concrete, and he was soon overseeing the operations for a concrete construction company that specialized in footings, foundations and flatwork. Mr. Wright also learned to operate slip form and paving machinery and was involved in the I-15 reconstruction project until 2002. Before starting his careeras an electrician in 2005, Mr. Wright was a superintendent for a custom home builder. He completed all four years of electrical apprenticeship training with the IEC. He wrote an article that was published in Estimating Today, “How to Estimate the Cost of an Emergency Back Up System in a Hospital”. Mr. Wright began his estimating career as a junior estimator at GSL in 2006. In 2008, he became a lead estimator, where he prepares ROMs, budgets, estimates and proposals for commercial and industrial electrical projects. He became a certified professional estimator (CPE) in 2015. Currently, Mr. Wright is acting as a lead estimator bidding a wide variety of electrical projects throughout the Western United States. As well as being responsible for completing the bids and ensuring the completeness and accuracy of his bids, he also trains and mentors younger estimators.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $279.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $279.00
Group Prices
3 or more People: $259.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.