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Principle Facilities Cost Estimator

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

University Staff



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Job Summary

The Principle Facilities Cost Estimator will work closely with planners and project managers in the department of planning design and construction to review and develop total project costs through all project phases for capital and non-capital projects. This position will review and provide analysis of contractor pricing for CMGC, Design Bid Build, and Design-Build type delivery methods. The Principle Facilities Cost Estimator will be responsible for review of third party cost reports for projects when applicable and will work with project managers to review and evaluate project change orders. Working with the planning team, the incumbent will develop conceptual estimates during planning phases of capital projects. This position will build and maintain the department's cost database.

Who We Are

The Planning, Design & Construction (PDC) department oversees the planning, design and construction of buildings on campus, in support of CU Boulder's academic mission.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Develop Capital and Non-Capital Estimates
  • In collaboration with team members develop project cost estimates based on the level of project development (i.e., concept, schematic, construction, etc.). 
  • Participate in Project Definitions Rating Index (PDRI) sessions.
  • Lead Value Engineering (VE) Workshops and provide cost data to inform decision-making. 
  • Prepare life-cycle cost analysis on projects.
Provide Cost Review for Capital Projects
  • Review third-party and contractor cost data on all capital projects. 
  • Review pricing at all stages of design (schematic, development, and construction) for all Construction Manager/General Contractor and Design/Build delivery methods.
  • Negotiate, in conjunction with Project Manager, labor, and material pricing. Review scope pricing for completeness. Consult with design team to review scope and design assumptions to understand design intent. Provide cost estimates at each design achievement and review third party cost estimates for Design/Bid/Build project delivery methods.
Cost Review for Change Orders
  • Review contractor pricing on change orders on all project delivery types. Make recommendations on labor hours, labor rates, material quantities, mark-up, other costs and completeness of contractors back-up and accurate use of the State of Colorado Change Order form.
  • Prepare Cost Estimates and Budgets for Small Projects. 
  • Working with Project Managers, prepare small scope project estimates. 
  • Meet with client to determine the scope and consult with Facilities Management staff to review project specifics to prepare budget estimates. 
  • Act as lead for all Research Infrastructure Improvement budget estimates.
Create and Maintain Cost Estimating Database
  • Develop and lead all aspects of Planning, Design, and Construction department cost database to create more accurate budget cost estimates. 
  • Work with department team on database development and data input. 
  • Build documentation process to collect cost data information from contractors.
  • Ensure information is being accurately collected and incorporated into database and updated appropriately. 
  • Develop cost estimating software applications. Review standards and develop cost standards and life-cycle cost analysis of the standards.
Evaluate Cost Avoidance and Project Cost Savings
  • Evaluate, track and report on cost avoidance for capital projects. Incorporate information into database. 
  • Track Key Performance Indicators for cost avoidance per project.

What We Can Offer

We offer a competitive salary.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in construction management, architecture, architectural engineering, construction engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering or related degree.
  • Five years of construction project cost estimating on capital construction projects of $10 Million and greater.

What You Will Need

  • Desire and ability to analyze large data sets.
  • Ability to work with others and participate in high performing teams.
  • Outstanding communication skills, including verbal, written, visual and interpersonal.
  • Strong working understanding of MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Access).
  • Excellent customer service and organizational skills.
  • Experience working with the contracting community/industry peers.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Ten years of construction project cost estimating on capital construction projects of $10 Million and greater.
  • Experience in the cost estimating/budgeting and project management of buildings and remodel projects in institutional, higher education, or similar setting as well as deferred maintenance projects with mechanical, electrical, plumbing and HVAC system.
  • Knowledge of, and proven ability, to quickly learn the State of Colorado, Office of the Architect, and State Buildings Program contractual agreements or similar.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials: 

1. A current resume. 
2. A cover letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications and responsibilities of the position.

You will not be asked to upload references at this time.

Please apply by September 29, 2019 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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