CO245 Construction Estimating

for U1OO 2006

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CO 245 Construction Estimating


U1OO 2006 WO


Pickerill, Heath A.


Adjunct Faculty


Master of Architecture, Unviersity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Master of Science in Civil Engineering (Construction Management), UIUC
Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies, UIUC

Office Location

FLW, Building 2201

Office Hours

by appointment

Daytime Phone


Other Phone



Semester Dates

June 5, 2006 - July 30, 2006

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 10:20 PM

Credit Hours


Peurifoy, Robert L. and Oberlender, Garold D. Estimating Construction Costs. 5th ED. (2002) McGraw-Hill.

Additional Resources:
set of construction drawings/blueprints

Course Description:
Basic cost estimating of construction projects.  Topics include types of  estimates, quantity take off, unit price, material and labor costs, overhead,  profit contingencies, job cost data sources, and cost indices.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
I will use lectures, readings, quizzes, exams, and a project to determine student understanding of the material.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Determine material quantities and cost;
  2. Determine labor costs;
  3. Determine equipment costs;
  4. Reference various sources of cost data;
  5. Determine profit, overhead, and total cost;
  6. Recognize methods of submitting bids.
Class Assessment:
The student is expected to complete all reading assingments prior to class and be prepared to participate in class discussions. Homework will be collected and graded. Homework must be done in a professional manner. It should be legible (neatly written or typed), well organized and done in a logical manner. Poorly done homework will receive a much lower grade. Students must take all quizzes, tests, and complete all homework and the project.

The final grade will be based on the following breakdown:
Class Participation & Attendance 5%
Homework 15%
Quizzes 20%
Project 20%
Mid-Term 20%
Final 20%
TOTAL 100%

100%-90% A
89%-80% B
79%-70% C
69%-60% D
59%-below F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late work will not be accepted unless coordinated ahead of time.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Always be professional and complete all work in such a manner.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
WEEK 1 - June 8
Discussion of Ch. 1-4 - bid documents; estimating process
Quiz #1
Assign Project
Assign HW #1

WEEK 2 - June 15
Discussion of Ch. 5-8 - Cost of Labor & Equip.; Material Handling Costs; Transportation Costs; Earthwork & Excavation; Concrete/Asphalt Estimation
Quiz #2
HW #1 - DUE
Assign HW #2

WEEK 3 - June 22
Discussion of Ch. 9-12 - Foundations/Concrete; Concrete; Steel; Carpentry
Quiz #3
HW #2 - DUE

WEEK 4 - June 29
Discussion of Ch. 13-15 - Interior Work; Roofing; Masonry
Assign HW #3

WEEK 5 - July 6
Discussion of Ch. 16-19 - Flooring Systems; Glass; Painting
Quiz #4
HW #3 - DUE
Assign HW #4

WEEK 6 - July 13
Discussion of Ch. 20-22 - Plumbing; Electrical; Sewage Systems
Quiz #5
HW #4 - DUE

WEEK 7 - July 20
Discussion of Ch. 23-25 - Water Dist. Systems; Total Project Cost; Computers & Estimating
Quiz #6
Project - DUE

WEEK 8 - July 27
FINAL EXAM Ch. 13-25

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .


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