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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

Understanding & Evaluating Construction Cost Estimates


How Do You Know?

   Time spent on summary & analysis
   Estimate summary
   Level 5 estimating analysis
   Keep asking “why?” Or “how do you know?”
   Show your work!
   Case study

Detailed Analysis

   Thinking scientifically
   Estimating errors
   Estimating basics
   Indirect construction costs
   Other project costs
   If you can’t explain it simply…


   What’s burden include?
   Burden calculations
   Why do we care?
   Fun with numbers

Match Game

   Analyzing multiple estimates
   A sensible list
   Case study


   Insurance industry standards
   PFCS position

Budgeting & Estimating for Construction, Maintenance, Repairs & Claims

Order of Magnitude (PFCS Level 1)

   Case study: Otto’s outhouse 10 steps: Level 1
   Case study: Multi-family residential Case study: Commercial
   Case study: Your room using Uniformat

Putting It All Together

   10-Steps summary
   5 levels – 10 steps
   Decide on the level of detail
   A sensible list
   Estimate set-up
   Relating the parts
   Estimate backup

Conceptual & Preliminary (PFCS Levels 2-3)

   10 Steps: Level 2, level 3
   Construction cost flow chart
   Using the estimate components
   Estimate details
   Quantity take off (QTO)
   Case study: Otto’s outhouse

Detailed & Bid/Construction/Trial (PFCS Levels 4-5)

   10 Steps: Level 4, level 5
   Detailed estimating
   Refine the estimate: Many passes
   Peer review
   Case study: Thompson Gardens
   Case study: Cuban’s manor


   Estimating is a skill and profession
   Estimator certification
   Learning objectives
   Back-up material

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors
  • Residential Designer

Architects & Residential Designers
     6.5 HSW CEUs
     6.5 AIA HSW Learning Units

 Professional Engineers
     6.5 PDHs

     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public. It offers 6.5 HSW continuing education units to Nevada architects and residential designers. The course offers 6.5 PDHs to Nevada professional engineers. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Nevada.

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.

Architects and engineers seeking continuing education credit in other states will be able to apply the hours earned at this seminar, in most cases. Refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility. HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), New York (NYSED Sponsor No. 35), North Carolina, and North Dakota. HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York architects.

This course offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to construction contractors. It has not been approved by any state contractor licensing board for mandatory continuing education.

Attendance will be monitored, and 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.


Pete Fowler

Professional Cost Estimator, Pete Fowler Construction Services, Inc.

Mr. Fowler is a construction consultant, professional cost estimator, and president of Pete Fowler Construction Services, Inc. (PFCS), a licensed general building contractor in California and Oregon. He received a B.S. degree in Construction Management from California State University, Chico. He has held certifications from AAMA, ASPE, ICBO, and others. Mr. Fowler has published articles in national magazines, and he has been invited to speak by the most important groups in the building industry (AAMA, APRA, ASPE, ASTM, BETEC, CAI, ICC, NIBS, RCI, etc.). He also has experience with successful expert witness testimony, including in federal court.

Adam Hjorth

Construction Consultant, Pete Fowler Construction Services, Inc.

Mr. Hjorth is a licensed general contractor, construction consultant, ICC certified residential and commercial building inspector, and construction project manager based out of Las Vegas. After graduating from Brigham Young University with a bachelor of science degree in Construction Management, Mr. Hjorth started his construction consulting career working for one of the largest home builders in the United States. His experience includes drafting of residential, multi-family and commercial plans, construction customer service and project management. Mr. Hjorth is certified in OSHA jobsite safety training, and is a certified English XL tribometrist approved to verify the safety of flooring surfaces. He has worked for several of the nation’s largest hotels and retail chains providing safety and code compliance consulting.

Deborah Murray

Project Management Professional, Orange County, California

Ms. Murray is the ultimate building expert. She has a virtually unparalleled level of accomplishment from the biggest picture of development as an acting town manager and a manager of more than 50 municipal planning professionals, to the nitty-gritty details of a certified plans examiner, building inspector, teacher, and student. Deb holds degrees in Construction Engineering Technology and Administration and Civil and Structural Design Drafting. Her job titles have included college instructor, engineering/development specialist, senior planchecker, planning manager, and principal management analyst, acting town manager, and community development manager. In these roles she has hands-on experience in every aspect of the building lifecycle including planning, design, construction, maintaining, rehabilitating, and decommissioning.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $289.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $289.00
Group Prices
3 or more People: $269.00

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