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The cost data in this set has been organized in “assemblies” format. As such, it is most useful for developing budgetary estimates at the design development stage of a design project. Designers can easily compare the costs of using various construction systems, making informed decisions before committing to a specific construction or system type. The wage rate is union and the assumption is that the installing contractor have billings of $4,000,000 or more. It is aimed primarily at estimating commercial and industrial projects or large multi-family housing projects costing $3,500,000 and up. Although created for new, commercial construction, the assemblies data set can be adapted for a preliminary renovation estimate.
- Estimates can be developed quickly since the “assemblies” format groups commonly used construction work tasks, simplifying the estimating process.
- Designers can easily compare the costs of various construction types and systems.
- Those professionals lacking detailed construction backgrounds can easily produce budget estimates since the engineers at RSMeans have done all the heavy lifting- grouped construction work tasks into basic construction components or systems.