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Qualifications for a Budget

Budgets are just that, budgets. There are many circumstances during the budget process that we do not have enough information to provide an accurate budget. Please use all budgets given with caution as many things can change from concept to final plans and tenant scheduling.

The more information we have the better your budget will be.

Please Provide the Following

  1. Engineer report or due diligence report
  2. Leasing plan with dimensions (see end to see sample)
  3. Full contact information
  4. SEL or SUL below 20%? Life safety only?
  5. Schedule? Accelerated?
  6. What is status of ADA? Does the city enforce the code required 20% to 100%?
  7. Lead / Asbestos testing completed? (attach report)
  8. Existing soils report or new needed?

Buyer/Owner Questions:

  1. Budget needed by?
  2. Occupied? Night work? Weekend work?
  3. Building square footage (total)? Office area sq. ft.?
  4. Asbestos / Lead testing? Provide report
  5. Roof membrane- When is the roof scheduled for a re-roof?
  6. MEP (Mechanical, Electric, Plumbing, other lines) by others (unless listed)
  7. Architectural work by others (unless listed)
  8. Who is moving into the building? A public use building requires a lot more work. Restaurant, government offices, church, basically, anytime the “Public” is in the building.

Engineer Questions:

  1. What type of building is it? Tilt-up, non-ductile, red brick, wood framed, panelized, panelized with TSG’s, panelized with trusses, metal roof, conventional framed?
  2. Is roof nailing a requirement? Will the building be reroofed with a tear-off or overlay?
  3. Accelerations-Ground Motion: Is the building located in an area that has higher than normal accelerations or an AP zone? Greater than 0.50g [Alquist-Priolo Earthquake Fault Zone – Means a known fault and may mean the building is built over or near (within 1/4 mile of a fault). AP zones were mapped and continue to be mapped since 1985].
  4. Please list all items that are incorporated into the proposed design
    1. Roof to wall connections
    2. Continuity ties
    3. Re-entrant corners
    4. Drag lines
    5. Roof nailing or plywood overlay
    6. Concrete footings
    7. Micropiles/Helical anchors
    8. Steel frames
    9. Gunite
    10. FRP
    11. Interior shear walls. Anchors both sides?
  5. Condensation
    1. Vent remove foil
    2. 2×4 ledgering
    3. Purlin hangers and GLB hinge connections damaged?
  6. Special detailing or other considerations

Budget Information Needed Address of the property Pictures of area affected

  1. Existing Structural Plans (S- pages)
  2. Property Assessment (seismic if possible) report
  3. Floor plan of building (Leasing plan)
  4. Pictures of the inside of the building (roof, ceiling)
  5. Amount of Office space
  6. Type of building: Concrete Tilt-up, URM, Red Brick, Hollow Clay Tile, etc…
  7. Use of building: Warehouse, Office, Retail, Government


Typical Concrete Tilt-up Seismic Retrofit and/or Condensation Needed for budget

Sample- tenant plan with office space and warehouse rack plan

Sample 2 – not as good but acceptable

Non-Ductile Concrete

Usually supplied with a report and some modeling by the engineer

Apartment Budget

Engineer provides at the very least a concept Elevation with notes

Or, a floor plan

If possible, supply the following:

  1. Existing Structural Plans (S- pages)
  2. Property Assessment (seismic if possible) report
  3. Floor plan of building (Leasing plan)
  4. Pictures of the inside of the building (roof, ceiling)
  5. Amount of office space
  6. Type of building
  7. Vacant/Occupied? Will be vacant?
  8. How the work will be scheduled? Regular hours, Nights, Weekends, Off-Hours or a Combination


Tuck Under Parking Projects:

  1. An address of the property
  2. Pictures
  3. How many parking spaces
  4. Are they in line on a level surface (not sloped)?
  5. New columns ok next to existing, or do they need to go behind existing or do the existing need to be removed and replaced?
  6. Collectors; can they be below existing framing or are there already existing beams that will work?
  7. Any fire ratings/separations to worry about?

When we are asked to provide a budget there are many items that we must take into consideration.

What is the budget being used for?

Is it for preliminary pricing, for a loan, or just a conceptual budget for future planning purposes? Does the client want the budget conservative (high), as close as possible, or low? If it is for a loan, you probably want it “conservative.” “As close as possible or low” could put the budget too unrealistic compared to the actual bid.

How much information do we have to make an accurate budget?

The more information and time we have, the more accurate the budget.

As we have spent valuable resources including time and manpower to prepare a budget, we only ask that we have a chance to bid the project when the plans are approved.

As always, we are happy to help and/or answer any questions you may have.

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