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Robert Squires

An expanded database of costs helps keep estimates accurate.

March 28, 2016
Robert Squires, Senior Estimator / Preconstruction Manager at Ascent Construction, in Centerville, Utah, 2016 Professional Remodeler 40 Under 40 awardee

Senior Estimator / Preconstruction Manager

Ascent Construction, Centerville, Utah 

Age 34

2015 Revenue: $40 million

Best practice: Ascent’s historical costs are entered into an Excel database that contains information about every job, categorized by project type. The database is updated as prices change, and the information is organized by materials and tasks—demolition, electrical, and so on—and by cost per square foot. As a result of Robert’s meticulous records, the company’s initial estimates are usually very close to the final bid. “We’re not just saying, ‘It cost such-and-such six months ago, so it must be that much now,’” Robert explains. The comprehensive database also means that generating an estimate is a faster process. Additionally, Robert goes out and looks at four to five projects a week and keeps a running list of items that catch his attention. Noting these innovations can come in handy for future estimates, especially from a value engineering standpoint. 

Read more about the 2016 Professional Remodeler 40 Under 40 awardees.

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