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October. 18 and 19,  2010  - Monica Bialski presenting Strategic Project Management - Toronto, Federated Press  seminar

May 2010 -  Monica Bialski, MBA, P.Eng,PMP, PQS  re-elected to the board of directors of   AEEQS (ASSOCIATION DES ESTIMATEURS ET DES ÉCONOMISTES EN CONSTRUCTION DU QUÉBEC)

WHAT MAKES A GOOD CONSTRUCTION COST ESTIMATE - part 2

It was mentioned in part 1 of this series, that the preparation of a cost estimate requires the mastery of several knowledge areas. There are other important factors that have impact on the quality of the estimate.
 
To most of us, cost estimate appears as complicated number crunching, which partially it is. What makes a good construction cost estimate, however, is not the pricing itself, but the precision – or not – of the scope of work. Imagine that you are planning to renovate your house and your entire family takes part in this process. It certainly will be a challenge for everyone to agree on every single decision, in order to arrive at a perfect renovation plan and within your budget.
 
The scope of work – perfectly executed on plans and specifications - with minimum changes during the construction - is a challenging task to accomplish. It is especially difficult, when the project is sponsored by several interested parties ( stakeholders)  with different objectives and different ideas.
 
Let’s look at the typical condominium projects. An experienced developer understands the necessity of clarity of scope of work. He understands that indecisiveness and unclear leadership will increase his costs and therefore he needs to be crystal clear in regards to the scope of work.
 
On the other side of the spectrum would be a government projects such as : the  Dorval train from airport to downtown project or Turcotte highway interchange project. In these cases, there are several government departments who have key different objectives and are unable to arrive at  a clear and precise view and agree on the precise scope of work.   These projects are still pre-construction and full go ahead has not been given. However, the signs are there that this type of behavior will carry on to the execution and that clear scope of work will be a problem. To be continued…
 
STRATEGIC PROJECT MANAGEMENT – WHAT IS IT?
Next week , on Oct 19 and 20, Federated Press is giving an important seminar on the subject of Strategic Project Management. It relates to overall leadership success factors and on measuring the returns on investment on project. For information please click here. For 15% discount, please write to info@emanagepro.com
 
 
LEED SILVER designation for HABITAT FOR HUMANITY MONTREAL PROJECT
 
Habitat for Humanity Montreal completed it’s latest projects – a four storey duplex in St Henri. This small project is impressive for several reasons.
 
The design – the duplex is located in the typical Montreal urban landscape – 2 -3 storey buildings with outside staircases. The building is squeezed between the buildings and its width is only 19 feet by 40 feet. In spite of such a limited size, the space looks very comfortable inside , almost spacious , with plenty of natural light. It has a feel of a European apartment, intelligent layout, making use of every square foot.
 
The LEED ( Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) silver certification – the Habitat for Humanity Montreal design and construction team decided to make this project green – first such concept for Habitat for Humanity Canada. It was an ambitious task, taking into consideration the fact that each Habitat project is designed and build by volunteers and the donations.
The design team included a team of architects and engineers who decided to donate their time. Each of the related ‘green’ decisions was discussed and debated for its merits and costs. The result is a first practical home project where the objectives were 1) reasonable cost 2) sustainable materials 3) minimum energy loss.
Some of the examples of LEED components include : building envelope – wall composition , white roof, silver star windows which create minimum energy loss in the building; fixture for heat recuperation, while showering: durable and sustainable materials bought locally as much as possible – and others.
 
 
The Volunteers – the power of hundreds of volunteers involved in this project is impressive. From the leading architect to the laborers, people donated their time and created not only an amazing product, but also a sense of togetherness and the community.
 
The Sponsors – Many companies and individuals decided to donate materials and money to this project. This demonstrates their social conscience and spirit of giving.
 
 
LOOKING FOR LAND - FOR HABITAT FOR HUMANITY MONTREAL
Habitat for Humanity is looking for small parcel of land to build duplex on the island of Montreal. Excellent opportunity  for giving to the community,  tax deductible donation and/or higher visibility to your organization. For more information please contact info@habitatmontreal.qc.ca

 

 

 

 

 

 

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