Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Construction costs for the Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) had escalated sharply from the $800 million estimate submitted to Congress in 2013. Acuity was engaged by the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, to perform an assessment of the construction “to-go” work and develop an independent government cost estimate to complete the replacement medical facility.
Acuity first defined the scope of the “to-go” work being executed, meeting with the construction contractor to obtain the most current set of construction documents and specifications, a list of subcontractors and their respective scopes of work, a list of material paid for and stored offsite, and other miscellaneous information. Next, the team developed a checklist of construction work items by trade and used the drawings and checklists to perform a thorough walk-down of each facility, comparing construction progress to the work underway. Acuity also generated a building-by-building summary of the percentage of work complete by major building element, estimating the overall project to be 50-60% complete.
Acuity used the to-go assessment, as well as construction drawings and specifications, labor information, the construction schedule, and contractual data, to establish a scope and provide a framework for the estimate. The estimating team analyzed the data and established a work breakdown structure to capture the scope and provide a framework for the estimate.
- Federal – Healthcare
- Denver, Colorado, USA
- Cost estimating
- Construction To-Go Assessment
Acuity’s Summary Report Included Recommendations & Next Steps For Developing The IGCE:
- Establish a work breakdown structure that can be reconciled with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ solicitation and the contractor’s proposal
- Develop a labor rates database including premiums for trades in short supply
- Develop quantities for the remaining work
- Price the direct work
- Develop a detailed field office overhead estimate
- Add the appropriate subcontractor markups and rates for bond and escalation
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