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Presenter: Don “D” Daigle and 1 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Fairfax, VA

Hilton Garden Inn Fairfax
3950 Fair Ridge Drive
Fairfax, VA 22033
Phone: 703-385-7774

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

   Purposes of and methodologies for cost estimates
   Rough order of magnitude (ROM)
   Design development
   Construction/permit documents
   Bid/final documents

Construction Estimating Resources and Processes

   Estimating formats (Uni-format, CSI, etc.)
   Estimating/take-off software
   Estimating process
   Estimating team
   Data resources

Estimating Labor, Equipment

   Estimating labor costs
   Estimating for construction equipment costs
   Estimating overhead costs
   Estimating profit
   Contingencies (design & escalation)

Evaluation of Cost Estimate - Materials and Services

   Specific areas of work by CSI Division
   Specialty cost items to look for
   Subcontractor mark-ups
   Soft costs/FF&E

Value Engineering (VE) – Related Cost Impact

   Introduction to the VE workshop
   The A&E’s role
   How the estimate of record is used
   The cost impacts of creativity
   Results and implications for the owner’s budget

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

Professional Engineers
   6.5 Continuing Ed. Hours

   6.5 Continuing Ed. Hours (HSW) 
   6.5 AIA HSW Learning Units

   Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 6.5 continuing education hours to professional engineers and architects (HSW) in all states. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Virginia.

This event has been 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.

The New York State Education Department considers courses as approved for New York State mandatory continuing education for professional engineers if the sponsor’s courses are approved by the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System and are in approved subject areas.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), North Carolina, and North Dakota. HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York architects.

This seminar offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to construction contractors; it has not been approved by any state contractor licensing entity for continuing education purposes.

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


Don “D” Daigle

Cerifited Value Specialist (CVS), Certified Professional Estimator (CPE) with Downey & Scott, LLC in Warrenton
Mr. Daigle brings an invaluable perspective from his 36 years of construction management and engineering experience. He has worked as an estimator and project/construction manager, and he was the owner/operator of a firm for nationwide construction projects. Mr. Daigle led the successful completion of various public and private construction projects, ranging from college and university campuses to public safety facilities. He has a wide range of experience in value engineering, cost estimating and cost management, life cycle cost analysis, design, master planning, scheduling, quality control techniques, negotiation and administration of contracts. Mr. Daigle maintains the highest degree of professionalism and confidentiality while providing services on sensitive and classified projects. His tenure as a construction engineer and project manager adds a valuable perspective to today’s dynamic market.

Christopher Taylor

Senior Preconstruction Manger with Downey & Scott, LLC in Warrenton, Virginia
Mr. Taylor brings an invaluable perspective from his 34 years of construction experience. He has worked as a preconstruction manager, estimator, project manager, commissioning liaison and company executive with several respected mechanical contractors and construction management firms. Mr. Taylor has led the successful completion of various public and private construction projects, ranging from K-12 projects to higher education projects to office buildings to public safety facilities to Net Zero projects. In the past, he has also held various security clearances to work on sensitive and classified government agency projects. His unique ability to analyze and cost construction (specializing in mechanical cost) in both upfront and life cycle aspects has contributed to project success and effectiveness. Mr. Taylor works daily on a variety of projects and utilizes the most recent technology to insure the best work product possible. He is versed in all types of construction delivery methods – design/bid/build, design/build, PPEA, and construction manager-at-risk. Mr. Taylor also has extensive knowledge of the various mechanical and plumbing aspects of the projects – unitary equipment, central plant equipment, hydronic piping systems, steam piping systems, variable refrigerant flow systems, ductwork systems, VAV systems, gas piping, domestic water piping, DWV piping, laboratory piping and plumbing fixtures/equipment to name a few. While very adept at mechanical systems, he has also worked with every construction division for cost estimating, project coordination and construction management. His proficiency, professionalism and team player mentality is reflected in the high quality of the workmanship he puts into every project. Mr. Taylor is also proficient in networking with client contacts and maintaining the highest degree of professionalism and confidentiality while providing services for each client.

Tuition Costs:

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

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