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BNi Building News introduces New 2021 General Construction Costbook

BNi Building News introduces New 2021 General Construction Costbook

Posted: July 23, 2020 | Tradewinds, Estimating

BNi Building News, a Design Cost Data Company, has just released the 31st annual edition of the BNi General Construction Costbook. The completely updated 2021 edition includes a new section providing construction costs by assembly type, represented by major categories designated by UNIFORMAT. 

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Moving from Excel to a Full Estimating Software Program

Moving from Excel to a Full Estimating Software Program

Posted: July 17, 2020 | Estimating

Fifteen years ago, Steve Schmucker started a painting company as a means to pay his way through college. He built a loyal customer base early in his career by providing a high-quality product with personalized service. Fast forward fif teen years and two changes of location, Cedars Woodworking & Renovations took form, and now they are completing $100,000 projects.

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Defining Construction Cost Estimating

Defining Construction Cost Estimating

Posted: June 26, 2020 | Tradewinds, Estimating

The dictionary defines estimating as a “judgement or opinion about something.” A “judgment” about future costs is necessary so that decisions can be made through the construction process. We call this construction cost estimating. Budgetary estimates are generally qualified as “opinions” of probable cost. Of course, the true cost is not known until the project is complete: Until then, an estimate is just a judgement or opinion.

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Will Building Designs Evolve to Reflect Public Concern with the Coronavirus?

Will Building Designs Evolve to Reflect Public Concern with the Coronavirus?

Posted: June 12, 2020 | Estimating, Project Management

With the onset of COVID-19, many people worldwide are looking at their personal safety and trying to understand the nature of this pandemic. A multitude of our codes, laws and building methodologies are simply our response to a challenge (such as this virus), a wrong, or a hazardous situation. For instance, commercial buildings are typically renovated when they are in need of updating to appeal to their customer base. Sometimes change starts with customer requests or suggestions. In the case of public health or wellbeing, it can come from health department or fire marshal reports that point to a safety issue. And many times the public acts to report a building’s perceived health violation to the health department so as to protect themselves and others.

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Cloud Tools Help Get Work Done Anywhere, Anytime

Cloud Tools Help Get Work Done Anywhere, Anytime

Posted: June 12, 2020 | Estimating

As 2020 grinds to the half-way point, we already know this year’s dominant story will be how COVID-19 has changed the construction industry. For a business built on handshakes and casual one-on-one conversations, the concept of remote work and social distancing has been a foreign concept for many to embrace.

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