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Turner Construction Company Lead Estimator in Des Moines, Iowa

Position Description: Leads and manages the preparation of estimates and GMP’s for assigned projects. Leads all estimating functions that may be required for assigned projects during preconstruction, including value engineering, alternative and comparative studies. Ensures that estimates and GMP’s are complete, accurate, and well supported by recent pricing data and subcontractor input.

Reports To: Preconstruction Manager

Essential Duties & Responsibilities*:

  • Primary or secondary point of contact for estimating services between owner, design team, and Turner for assigned projects during the preconstruction phase

  • Manage design document receipt, filing, and distribution to internal team members

  • Review design documents for level of completion, assemble comments and requests for additional information needed to provide complete estimates. Inform senior management of design-related problems, completeness of documents, and other potential risks.

  • Coordinate with Procurement for subcontractors to be used for budget pricing on milestone estimates

  • Manage distribution of design documents to subcontractors for budgeting, and ensuring sufficient subcontractor budgets are provided for all key trades

  • Site visits to evaluate existing conditions and identify any scope that may not be included in the design documents

  • Responsible for the set-up of the estimate, estimate schedule, and responsibility matrix, and coordinating work of estimating team members

  • Perform quantity take-offs, analysis, estimate, and studies for all assigned trades and building systems

  • Utilize Building Information Models (BIM) for quantity take-off and visualization where possible to support preparation of a complete estimate.

  • Evaluate subcontractor pricing and/or bids for scope inclusion, and identify scope gaps and overlaps for coordination with other trades

  • Ensure pricing within the estimate or GMP is complete and accurate, reflecting recent pricing data, subcontractor bids or subcontractor budgets

  • Provide pricing for value engineering, alternates, options, and special studies as required

  • Prepare bid proposal forms and bid recording sheets for assigned trades

  • Prepare for and lead internal estimate review meetings

  • Lead the coordination of operational input during the estimating, bidding, and GMP process. Work in collaboration with Operations to ensure that detailed General Conditions/Requirement (GC/GRs) study, as prepared by Operations, is incorporated into the estimate.

  • Lead the assembly of all estimate or GMP documents being submitted to the Owner

  • Lead all estimate and GMP review meetings with architects, engineers, and owners, with support from the Director of Preconstruction, Preconstruction Manager, and/or Project Executive

  • Incorporate comments, feedback, and input from architects, engineers, and owners into revised estimates or GMP’s, assemble revised documents for final submission

  • Take lead role or support role in Lump Sum (LS) bids.

  • Manage Estimators, Assistant Estimators, and Estimator Apprentices, including completing performance evaluations for those staff assigned to the Lead Estimator.

  • Ensure strict adherence to safety, Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC), ethics and compliance requirements at all times.

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