The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) seeks a motivated, results oriented individual with experience in cost estimating to support planning, design and construction activities related to new buildings and renovations of existing buildings. The position will estimate costs for projects at UMB and service center client campuses in the Baltimore region. This role will develop cost estimates that guide the project management teams throughout the project life-cycle through all project phases. UMB is in the process of improving project delivery through innovative and collaborative approaches, and the cost estimator will have an opportunity to help deliver on our goals in an exciting organization committed to process improvement and best practices. The position is vital to our mission in delivering projects on budget and maintaining our relationships with internal clients and external industry partners.
BENEFITS: UMB offers a generous benefits package that includes 22 vacation days, 14 floating and holidays, 15 sick days; comprehensive health insurance and retirement options; and tuition remission for employees and their dependents at any of the University System of Maryland schools.
Facilitate and coordinate the development of accurate, timely initial project budgets and detailed cost estimates in the execution of major and minor capital and construction projects. Assess cost effectiveness of products, projects, and/or services. Evaluates project change proposals for accuracy and completeness. Coordinate and/or participate in the coordination of project implementation as a member of various capital and construction project teams.
Take the lead in the development of conceptual budgets and detailed construction cost estimates, as well as total project cost estimates.
Prepare Rough Order of Magnitude (ROM) estimates for projects and products by analyzing costs, materials, labor, market conditions, bid documentation, and specifications associated with each project.
Develop and maintain an estimating database (historical data, outside quotes/references) of building and specific unit costs and compares baseline estimates to project actuals for continuous improvement of estimates.
Prepare updates to cost estimates at each phase of design. Reconcile estimates with A/E and/or CM/GC's on projects. On larger capital projects, lead the cost estimate reconciliation and review meetings.
Review drawings and specifications to determine costs and assists in value management on projects; evaluate third-party estimates and tracks market costs to validate estimates.
Collaborate with project managers in the preparation of contracts and subcontracts and the negotiation of revisions, changes, and additions to contractual agreements with CM's, contractors, design consultants, clients, and suppliers.
Review the project requests and requirements, provides guidance and recommendations identifying risks/opportunities, which may include other options, phasing or alternative concepts as required.
Participate in the analysis of proposed and pending capital funding requests.
Evaluate contractor and subcontractor bids for accuracy, clarifications, and exclusions to ensure calculation markups are correct.
Evaluate and negotiate potential change order costs during construction.
Provide reports on various projects ranging from small - to large-scale by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing cost information and trends.
Provide technical guidance and direction to project managers in regards to specialized methodologies, techniques, principles, and/or processes related to estimating; serves as subject-matter expert to internal and external constituents as it relates to cost estimating.
Maintain current knowledge on changes and trends in methods of construction and materials, construction costs, wages, escalation, market forces and working rules and regulations
Performs other tasks and duties as assigned
Education: Bachelor's degree
Experience: Five (5) years of closely related construction cost estimating experience. Experience in estimating construction costs for projects in higher education, occupied settings, academic, research, healthcare, and/or HVAC construction estimating experience is preferred.
Supervisory Experience: N/A Certification/Licensure:Certified Cost Professional (CCP) or equivalent, preferred.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES: Have a working knowledge of material unit costs, systems square footage costs, Work Breakdown Structure codes and total building square footage costs in the higher education academic, research and healthcare environment. Knowledge of current applied techniques in project estimating from conceptual state to final detailed estimating
Knowledge of position requirements. Knowledge of all applicable requirements, regulations, and laws. Skill in effective use of applicable technology/systems. Ability to effectively communicate both verbal and written thoughts, ideas, and facts. Ability to work cooperatively with others and independently.
Hiring Range: Commensurate with education and experience
If accommodations are needed for a disability, please contact Staffing & Career Services at 410-706-2606, Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm EST. Maryland Relay can be accessed by dialing 711 (in-state) or 1-800-735-2258.
UMB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law or policy.
Job: Reg or CII Exempt Staff - e0210f
Employee Class : Exempt Regular
Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time
Shift: Day Job
Organization: Division of Facilities Maintenance
Job Posting: Apr 28, 2020
Unposting Date: Ongoing
Internal Number: 150602
About University of Maryland, Baltimore
The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is the State's public health, law and human services university devoted to excellence in professional and graduate education, research, patient care, and public service. As a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, and using state-of-the-art technological support, we educate leaders in health care delivery, biomedical science, global health, social work and the law. We emphasize interdisciplinary education and research in an atmosphere that explicitly values civility, diversity, collaboration, teamwork and accountability. By conducting internationally recognized research to cure disease and to improve the health, social functioning and just treatment of the people we serve, we foster economic development in the City, State, and nation. We are committed to ensuring that the knowledge we generate provides maximum benefit to society and directly enhances our various communities.