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Presenter: Steve Watkins, CPE

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Seattle, WA

Executive Inn
200 Taylor Avenue N
Seattle, WA 98109
Phone: 206-448-9444

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
      • Design-build estimate
      • Design-bid-build estimate
      • Control estimate
      • Conceptual estimate

Construction Estimating Resources and Processes

   Estimating team
   Estimating process
   Data resources
   CSI Masterformat

Estimating Labor, Equipment, Overhead and Profit

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

Estimating Construction Materials and Services

   Earthwork and excavation
   Concrete structures
   Wood structures
   Steel structures

Estimating Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing

   Electrical systems
   Mechanical systems

Using Construction Estimating Software

   Review of industry-standard software

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

Professional Engineers
     Non-Credit Continuing Ed. (WA)
     6.5 PDHs (Other States)

     6.5 HSW PDHs
     6.5 AIA LU|HSW

     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers a 6.5 hours continuing education opportunity to Washington professional engineers (not required for license renewal), which will qualify for 6.5 PDHs in all other states. This course offers a 6.5 HSW PDHs to Washington architects. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Washington.

This seminar approved by the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System for 6.5 LU|HSW (Sponsor No. J885. Only full attendance is reportable to the AIA/CES. Visit www.halfmoonseminars.org for complete AIA/CES information under this course listing.

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 engineers and architects.

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


Steve Watkins, CPE

The Walsh Group

Mr. Watkins serves as director of preconstruction at The Walsh Group – Walsh Construction & Archer Western in Seattle. He has been the lead estimator there since November 2014. Mr. Watkins is a certified professional estimator (CPE) and is the president of the Puget Sound Chapter of the American Society of Professional Estimators. He has approximately 26 years of experience in the construction industry, having started in the single-family residential area, followed by the land development industry and for the last 12 years in commercial estimating. Mr. Watkins leads the Seattle estimating department for The Walsh Group on all procurement types from the typical “hard bid,” to design/build, GC/CM, and private negotiated GMP projects. He has worked on just about every type of vertical construction project as well as most procurement methods. Previously Mr. Watkins served as chief estimator at Absher Construction and as land development/warranty director at Rick Burnstead Construction. Mr. Watkins studied Construction Management at the University of Washington.

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.

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 is a 6.5 hour live lecture presentation with the instructors and students together in the same room. It will be conducted in a handicap-accessible conference room with ample seating space and writing surface for all attendees. Bound written materials, authored by the faculty, will be distributed to all participants at the program. Attendance will be monitored and reported to AIA/CES. This course covers types of estimates, estimating resources and processes, estimating labor, equipment, overhead, materials and services, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and profit.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to assemble a competent estimate team, describe the estimating process, and utilize data resources to produce complete and accurate estimates for project owners.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to estimate the costs of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to identify and describe the different types of cost estimates (design, bid, and control) and will be able to realize the benefits of complete and accurate estimates for their clients and the design professional.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to estimate construction materials and services, including earthwork, pavements, concrete structures, wood structures, steel structures, masonry, floors, roofing, interiors and finishes.

LUs: 6.5                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with construction cost budgeting and estimation of construction costs. 

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 12/14/2019

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.