MEP Construction Estimator
Atkins - Chicago, IL

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Quantity Surveyors and Estimators



Construction Management, Construction, Project and Cost Consultancy

Primary Location


United States-Illinois-Chicago

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Employment Type


Full Time

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Job Summary

As one of the world’s leading project consultancies, Faithful+Gould is a great company to work for. We advise on some of the world’s most exciting construction related projects – from Los Angeles International Airport to the World Trade Center Memorial in New York. Our parent company Atkins was the official engineering design services provider for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Our success is built on hiring and then developing the very best people. Our standards are high, as are the rewards for those who join our team. The opportunity to draw from international expertise and work on some of the most demanding and prestigious construction challenges around the globe ensures your career success.

Faithful+Gould seeks an energetic, highly motivated, detail-oriented self-started to join our Chicago Team as an MEP Estimator. Working on various commercial projects in the Chicago area, this person will prepare cost estimates for various disciplines and will provide business support to senior staff as directed.

Typical duties and responsibilities of the job include:
Analyzes blueprints and other documents and prepares detailed cost estimates. Performs accurate quantity takeoffs of available design documents.

Obtains accurate and up to date local pricing information from databases, contractors, suppliers, etc. to utilize in estimates.

Inputs estimate takeoff information for specific discipline into CATO and develops unit cost pricing.

Works with architects and engineers to develop clear understanding of project scope during preparation of estimate. Develops relationships with members of A/E firms and project team members.

Assists senior staff in ways to make projects more efficient. Seeks ways to continually improve accuracy and efficiency of tasks.

Maintains project documents such as drawings and specifications in an organized and reasonable manner. Maintains project files on file server in accordance with company standards.

Maintains and updates data library of costs.

Prepares cost reconciliation between two or more estimates and explains variance cost drivers.

Performs such other duties as the Supervisor may deem necessary from time to time.

Job Details

The apppropriately qualified candidate will have the following skills and experience:

Bachelor's degree in Construction, Quantity Surveying, or related field required.

At least four years of experience preparing MEP estimates for commercial construction projects required.

Experience working directly with a commercial General Contractor or Construction Project Manager in collaboration on estimates required.

Knowledge of CATO, working knowledge of electronic takeoff including CAD Measure, and thorough understanding of at least one commercially availableconstruction cost estimating system. Must thoroughly understand and utilize Information Technology in the performance of work including Internet, Intranet, Microsoft Windows OS, Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft Office Suite and Microsoft Project.

Ability to perform concept estimates with minimal drawing information. Must be able to not only do take-off but price as well.

Previous experience validating Chicago Subcontractor Prices strongly preferred.

Scheduling experience highly desired

Must be highly articulate, have clear and analytical approach to problem solving, and strong decision making abilities. Must have excellent communication and presentation skills.

Faithful+Gould is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer (M/F/V/D), and we offer an excellent benefits package including: Medical/Dental Coverage, Life Insurance, Disability Coverage, Paid Vacation, Paid Holidays, Flex Plan and a 401k Plan.

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