Danforth Estimating Expertise

Danforth’s Estimating department assembles project cost estimates for competitive bidding projects, negotiated bid projects and Design-Build projects. Our team consists of experienced estimators in such areas as Sheet Metal, Piping and HVAC Systems.  We use QuickPen and other tools to build our estimates and use our many years of project execution experience to accurately forecast labor costs for each project.

Danforth is often requested to provide Value Engineering (VE) alternatives to project bids that are coming in over budget.  The VE process assists owners and construction managers with achieving the design intent of each project and staying within budgets whenever possible.  Our experience working with owners, architects, engineers and construction managers enables us to provide valuable feedback and to offer solutions that maximize the value of a project.

As part of our continual improvement process, we compare actual project labor and materials costs against each estimate to evaluate our estimating accuracy.  We use these comparisons to constantly refine the estimating values we use, allowing us to increase our competitiveness while maintaining profitability.  Our estimators work very closely with our Project Managers during each project’s turnover meeting, to ensure the scope and details of the project as bid, are accurately transferred to the project as we begin the execution phase.

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