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VAMC Construction "To-Go" Assessment Case Study

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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