Open Book Approach to Construction Estimating

Berghammer takes its responsibilities as your Construction Management partner very seriously. We view ourselves to be in a fiduciary position when it comes to managing the construction costs on all of our projects. We endeavor to identify any and all cost savings we can at every step of the process. No stone is left unturned.

Our process also is completely transparent. We refer to this as our Open Book Approach. What does Open Book mean on a project managed by Berghammer? It means our client will see detail at every step. This starts during the pre-construction process when we provide quantity and unit cost back up for all building systems and components included in our estimates. This is important information for our clients to have because it enables them to see how subsequent changes to the project scope will impact the overall cost of the project. It also allows our clients to verify that proper credits are being provided when project scope is reduced.

Once the project transitions to the bidding phase, we solicit input and approval from our clients regarding the pre-qualified bidders list for the project. Upon approval of the pre-qualified bidders list, Berghammer will solicit proposals from the invited subcontractors. These proposals will be analyzed and tabulated in a Bid Book for presentation to the client. Berghammer will make subcontractor award recommendations to the client based upon the most competitive and complete proposals received through the bidding process. The bid results will be compared on a line item basis against the most recent project budget. Any savings resulting from the bid process will be segregated and returned to the client. This process provides an auditable trail from start to finish.

Berghammer works on an Open Book basis. The bidding process is the manner in which our Preliminary Estimate is converted to a Guaranteed Maximum Price. Berghammer will assemble a Bid Book that includes physical copies of the bids, together with our internal analysis of the quotations received from subcontractors.