Preconstruction Manager

January 30, 2018

Lead the preconstruction and project planning process, including the responsibility for construction cost estimates, schedule, logistical planning, and procurement. The focus will be on large and medium-sized commercial construction projects in Michigan and throughout North America.


1. Review proposal specifications and drawings to determine the scope of work and required contents of the cost estimate. Lead document control and organization through the preconstruction/planning process.

2. Lead, with assistance from multiple resources, the development of construction cost estimates by calculating complete takeoff of scope of work.

3. Maintain and update department database with current and accurate pricing from suppliers through direct contact, sales brochures, price lists, industry data, etc.

4. Support other department personnel as required, may include preparing estimates in other disciplines.

5. Review design options as part of a project team to find solutions based on cost, engineering quality, or availability of materials.

6. Working alongside other team members, develop conceptual project schedules and logistical plans to inform the preconstruction and planning process.

7. Meet directly with clients and end-users throughout the design process to develop and update preconstruction plans.

8. Work closely with architectural and engineering partners throughout the preconstruction process.

9. Participate in the handoff of preconstruction plans to project management and field operations.

10. Coordinate with self-perform trade staff to develop preconstruction plans, estimates, and track/report project productivity results. Self-performed trades include sitework, selective demolition, steel, carpentry, interior framing, drywall, painting and firestopping.

11. Assist in maintaining an electronic database of trade contactors throughout the country and region.

12. Effectively communicate and network with local and national trade partners.


. Educational and experience requirements include

· Minimum 2-year architectural technology, construction and or engineering degree or equivalent combinations technical training and/or experience

· 3-5 years of direct experience in commercial construction cost estimating

· Direct experience with the General Contracting and Construction Management model of project delivery.

· Ability to read and interpret construction documents and technical drawings

· Knowledge of Sketchup® or similar 3D modeling software a plus

· Proficiency in Microsoft Office with emphasis on Outlook, Excel, Project, and Word required

· Proficiency in digital estimating software (On Screen takeoff, Timberline®) or a willingness to learn required

· Proficiency in Bluebeam or Adobe required