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Our expertise lies in offering high-quality estimation services specifically tailored for federal projects by the United Facilities Criteria (UFC).

About United Facilities Criteria (UFC)


Estimates of costs should be formulated with the approach that treats the Government as a prudent and well-equipped contractor engaged in project estimation. Consequently, the comprehensive construction costs, reflective of what an experienced and prudent contractor would anticipate incurring, should be incorporated into the cost estimate. This guiding principle is to be consistently applied throughout the entire project lifecycle, spanning from the initial programming phase to the culmination of construction activities.

Purpose & Scope

This document establishes standardized guidelines for delineating methodologies, procedures, and formats pertinent to the formulation of cost estimates and associated analyses (price/cost). These guidelines are applicable in scenarios where services share common requisites; however, in instances of divergence, adherence to the policies and procedures of the respective design agency is warranted. The scope of this document encompasses the diverse phases of cost estimating, commencing from the inception of design and extending through the modification of cost estimates during the construction phase.

For comprehensive guidance on cost estimating throughout the initial planning, programming, and budget review stages, reference should be made to UFC 3-730-01 – PROGRAMMING COST ESTIMATES FOR MILITARY CONSTRUCTION. The term “construction” within this context encompasses remedial action environmental projects, dredging, and other construction-related endeavors typically executed through service contracts. For this document, the designation “cost engineer” pertains to qualified individuals, whether employed by the Government or engaged under government contracts, who regularly participate in the formulation or evaluation of cost estimates.


This UFC is applicable to projects falling under Military Construction (MILCON) and Military Operations and Maintenance (O&M). The term “construction” as stipulated herein encompasses the activities involving the construction, alteration, or repair, inclusive of dredging, excavating, and painting, related to buildings, structures, or other real property.

UFC/ TIPS Job Order Contracting

We specialize in providing accurate cost estimation services tailored to the specific requirements outlined in the United Facilities Criteria (UFC). Our commitment aligns with the approach of a careful and well-prepared contractor, covering the entire project life cycle from planning to construction completion. Following consistent guidelines, our methods for preparing cost estimates and associated analyses adhere to the standards set forth in the provided document.

Our expertise extends to Military Construction (MILCON) and Military Operations and Maintenance (O&M) projects, which include construction, alteration, or repair activities like dredging, excavating, and painting of buildings, structures, or other real property. Our dedicated team of qualified cost engineers, whether employed directly by the Government or under contract, ensures that our estimated costs reflect what a careful and experienced contractor would anticipate. We uphold the highest standards of accuracy and reliability throughout the various phases of cost estimating.

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Frequently asked question

Do you charge for reviewing plans before placing an order?

No, we don’t charge for reviewing plans before placing an order. We offer this service as a courtesy to our customers and to ensure that we can meet their expectations and specifications.

What is your average turnaround time?

The size, complexity and scope of the project determine our turnaround time, which can be anywhere between 2 and 12 working days. We avoid taking on rush jobs because they affect the quality of our work.

What estimating software do you use?

We use Plan swift and Bluebeam for estimation.

Do you offer pre bid and post bid meetings to discuss the projects?

Pre-bid and post-bid meetings are part of the services we offer. These meetings help us communicate clearly with everyone involved in the project and prevent any misunderstandings, delays or extra costs.

What do your Material Takeoffs service include?

We offer material takeoffs in both PDF and Excel formats, encompassing a comprehensive list of project materials and tasks. Organized division by division, each item is cross-referenced with the corresponding drawing to ensure accurate quantity calculations.

What do you need in order to do a takeoff or estimate?

To receive a complimentary quote, please send us the project plans and drawings, along with your takeoff and estimate requirements. Once the proposal is approved, we will promptly provide you with an online-payable invoice that includes costs and a specified turnaround time.

How much does it cost?

The cost of your project is determined by its size and scope of work, with prices ranging from $100 to $ 5,000. For single-trade residential projects, the approximate cost is around $100, while projects involving multiple trades can range around $700. For multi-story commercial building projects, the estimated cost can reach up to $ 5,000. Please note that these figures are provided as general estimates and may vary depending on the specific details of your project.

What is a construction cost estimate?

A construction cost estimate is a necessary part of the planning process for any construction project. It gives the client or owner an idea of the likely cost of the project, based on the scope of work and the current market conditions.

Why is accuracy important in construction cost estimation?

Construction cost estimation is the process of predicting the cost of building a physical structure. Accurate cost estimation is important because it allows developers to know how much money they need to raise, and it also allows them to determine whether a project is feasible.

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