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Architect’s Essentials of Cost Management presents a complete, organized approach to cost management that includes both underlying concepts and practical techniques. First, it helps you understand today’s building economics and the industry trends that can significantly affect cost. Then, it equips you with the cost–estimating methods and tools both print and computer–based to do the job effectively. Finally, you’ll learn how to use cost management techniques for best results, whether it’s budgeting and planning effectively at the outset of a project, successfully managing costs during design and construction, or even assessing the potential cost management impact of alternate delivery systems.
Written by a leading expert in the field, Architect’s Essentials of Cost Management is an indispensable resource for architects, landscape architects, interior designers, construction professionals, and others whose work involves cost management.
Cost Management Considerations.
Cost Management Methodology.
2 Building Economics.
Breakdown of Construction Costs.
Distribution of Hard Costs.
Factors That Influence Building Costs.
3 Cost–Estimating Methodology.
Establishing Standard Formats.
Identifying and Managing Cost Drivers.
Estimate Preparation Principles.
Dealing with Escalation and Contingencies.
Risk Management and Range Estimating.
Special Estimating Challenges.
4 Cost–Estimating Tools.
Interpreting Cost Information.
Using Cost Indexes.
Referencing Published Cost Information.
Developing and Maintaining CostData Files.
Doing Computer–Assisted Estimating.
5 Cost Management Methodology.
Integrating the Cost Management Process.
Planning, Programming, and Budgeting.
Managing Costs during Design.
Implementing Construction PhaseCost Management.
Understanding the Impact of DeliveryMethods on Cost Management.