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Presenter: Pete Fowler and 2 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Miami, FL

Courtyard Miami West/FL Turnpike
11580 NW 105th Street
Miami, FL 33178
Phone: 305-500-9600

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

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

     6.5 FL Area of Practice CE Hours

     6.5 Florida HSW
     6.5 AIA LU|HSW

 Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 6.5 HSW continuing education hours to architects and engineers in most states, including Florida.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education provider for Florida professional engineers (Provider No. 0004647). This course qualifies for 6.5 Area of Practice continuing education hours.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education provider for Florida architects (Provider No. 0001388; License No. PVD394), and this course is approved for 6.5 HSW continuing education hours.

The American Institute of Architects has approved this event for 6.5 LU|HSW (Provider No. J885).

Full approval is required to have continuing education hours reported in Florida and to the AIA/CES.

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. States have final authority on the acceptance of continuing education activities.

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.


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 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.

Alex Prokop

Construction Consultant, Pete Fowler Construction Services, Inc.

Mr. Prokop is a senior consultant with over 20 years of experience in residential and commercial construction. He has acted as a general contractor on custom residential projects and as director of construction on a variety of large-scale residential master plan communities, commercial projects, and urban mixed-use developments. Throughout his career, Mr. Prokop has managed architectural departments, purchasing teams, and field operations for national and regional development companies, including type I and type II construction in urban environments. He has provided consulting services for LEED projects, Build-It-Green residential communities, cost estimating, and project management services. In addition to having a B.S. degree in Construction Management, Mr. Prokop is a general contractor, LEED AP, and Certified Green Building Professional. He periodically delivers seminars on topics relating to building codes, building performance analysis and repair strategies.

Marc Viau

Construction Consultant, Pete Fowler Construction Services, Inc.

Mr. Viau has run his own consulting business for over 20 years, bringing 48 years of hands-on building and development experience to bear in assessing damaged homes, commercial buildings and all aspects of construction. Regularly called in to render opinions on behalf of attorneys, insurance companies, home owners, and contractors, he has offered testimony for all parties involved in the construction process. Mr. Viau is one of the foremost experts on assessing damage, estimating costs and determining fault. He is an expert on construction industry standards, manufacturers’ recommendations, scope of work, and the laws and regulations that apply to contractors. He is able to provide rigorous analysis by applying these concepts to real world situations, and reaching an expert assessment. In addition to extensive experience in mediation and presenting testimony in trial, Mr. Viau has given accredited lectures on construction topics to attorneys as part of the mandatory continuing legal education requirements of the state bar.

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.

AIA Info:

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES (cesupport@aia.org or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Construction Cost Estimating

Delivery Method: Live

Course Description: This 6.5 live lecture presentation covers understanding and evaluating construction cost estimates and budgeting for construction, maintenance, repairs and claims.

Learning Objectives: 

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to explain the fundamentals of construction cost estimating and be able to summarize an estimate.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to identify and determine direct and indirect construction costs, including labor.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to identify and explain the ten steps of construction cost estimating.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to work on estimates for conceptual, preliminary, detailed, and bid/construction estimates.

LUs: 6.5                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs  

Prerequisites: A basic understanding of construction management and estimating principles.

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 11/15/2021

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to doug@halfmoonseminars.org or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost, or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.