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Construction Cost Estimating Seminars

Join us live for our Construction Cost Estimating Seminars for architects, contractors and engineers. These seminars will guide participants through Understanding & Evaluating Construction Cost Estimates and Budgeting & Estimating for Construction, Maintenance, Repairs & Claims.



Join us at the SpringHill Suites Orlando Airport Tuesday, July 23 at 8:30 a.m. ET.



Join us at the Courtyard Miami West Thursday, July 25, at 8:30 a.m. ET.



Join us at TBD Friday, Nov. 1, at 8:30 a.m. PT.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the principles and tools of estimating.

  • Explore the process of estimating.

  • Budget and estimate for construction, maintenance, repairs and claims.

  • Examine different estimate levels, including order of magnitude, conceptual, preliminary, detailed and bid/construction.

  • Consider case studies and examine real world examples of construction cost estimates.

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Program Outline

Understanding & Evaluating Construction Cost Estimates

  1. Introduction
  2. How Do You Know?
  3. Detailed Analysis
  4. Burden
  5. Match Game
  6. Xactimate

Budgeting & Estimating for Construction, Maintenance, Repairs & Claims

  1. Order of Magnitude (PFCS Level 1)
  2. Putting It All Together
  3. Conceptual & Preliminary (PFCS Levels 2-3)
  4. Detailed & Bid/Construction/Trial (PFCS Levels 4-5)
  5. Conclusion




Pete Fowler is a construction consultant, professional cost estimator, and President of Pete Fowler Construction Services, Inc. (PFCS). Pete received a B.S. in Construction Management from CSU, Chico. He has held certifications from AAMA, ASPE, ICBO, and others. Mr. Fowler has published articles in national magazines and has been invited to speak by the most important groups in the building industry (AAMA, APRA, ASPE, ASTM, BETEC, CAI, ICC, NIBS, RCI, etc.). Pete has experience with successful expert witness testimony, including in Federal Court.

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Alex Prokop

Alex Prokop is a Senior Consultant with over 20 years of experience in residential and commercial construction. Alex has acted as a General Contractor on custom residential projects and Director of Construction on a variety of large-scale residential master plan communities, commercial projects, and urban mixed-use developments.


Marc Viau

Marc Viau has run his own consulting business for over 20 years, bringing 48 years of hands-on building and development experience to bear in assessing damaged homes, commercial buildings and all aspects of construction. Regularly called in to render opinions on behalf of attorneys, insurance companies, home owners, and contractors, Marc has offered testimony for all parties involved in the construction process.

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Michael Villalba is an expert construction consultant and cost estimator with experience in virtually every role in the contracting and building industry, from laborer to owner of a general contracting firm. Mike’s portfolio includes projects involving single-family residences, multi-family projects, mixed use developments, commercial, institutional, industrial, low-rise, mid-rise and high-rise construction, serving clients who are property owners and managers, developers and contractors, product manufacturers and suppliers, insurers and lawyers.

Who Should Attend

  • Architects 
         6.5 HSW CE Hours (CEH) 
         6.5 AIA HSW Learning Units

  • Professional Engineers 
         6.5 PDHs

  • Contractors 
         6.5 Commercial CE Hours


This seminar is open to the public and offers 6.5 HSW continuing education hours to architects and 6.5 PDHs to professional engineers in all states. This seminar also offers 6.5 continuing education hours to Oregon commercial contractors. Educators and courses are not subject to pre-approval in Oregon.

This seminar is approved by the American Institute of Architects for 6.5 HSW Learning Units (Sponsor No. J885). Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA/CES.