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Friday, April 29, 2022 
8:30 am – 3:20 pm CDT (incl. a 30-min break)


Presented by:
Don “D” Daigle, Christopher Taylor, & Michael Van Dyke

Producing Different Types of Cost Estimates
Purposes of and methodologies for cost estimates
Rough order of magnitude (ROM)
Design development
Construction/permit documents
Bid/final documents

Construction Estimating Resources and Processes
Estimating formats (Uni-format, CSI, etc.)
Estimating/take-off software
Estimating process
Estimating team
Data resources

Estimating Labor, Equipment
Estimating labor costs
Estimating for construction equipment costs
Estimating overhead costs
Estimating profit
Contingencies (design & escalation)

Evaluation of Cost Estimate – Materials and Services
Specific areas of work by CSI Division
Specialty cost items to look for
Subcontractor mark-ups
Soft costs/FF&E

Value Engineering – Related Cost Impact
Introduction to the VE Workshop
The A&E’s role
How the estimate of record is used
The cost impacts of creativity
Results and implications for the owner’s budget


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Certificates of completion can be downloaded in PDF form upon passing a short quiz. A link to the quiz will be sent to each qualifying attendee immediately after the webinar. The certificate can be downloaded from the Results page of the quiz upon scoring 80% or higher.

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Professional Engineers:
6.0 PDHs

6.0 HSW CE Hours

AIA:  (AIA credits are only available for attending the live Webinar)
6.0 LU|HSW


Continuing Education Credit Information
Construction Cost Estimating and Value Engineering
This webinar offers 6.0 PDHs to professional engineers and 6.0 HSW continuing education hours to architects licensed in all states.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida (Provider No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700) and North Carolina (S-0130). HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York engineers and architects via its registration with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2) and §69.6(i)(2). Other states do not preapprove continuing education providers or courses.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 6.0 LU|HSW (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES.

Completion certificates will be awarded to participants who complete this event, respond to prompts and earn a passing score (80%) on the quiz that follows the presentation (multiple attempts allowed).


Don “D” Daigle Don “D” Daigle

Certified Value Specialist (CVS), Certified Professional Estimator (CPE) with Downey & Scott, LLC in Warrenton, Virginia
Mr. Daigle brings an invaluable perspective from his 42 years of construction management and engineering experience. He has worked as an estimator, project/construction manager and was the owner/operator of a firm for nationwide construction projects. Mr. Daigle led the successful completion of various public and private construction projects, ranging from college & university campuses to public safety facilities. He has a wide range of experience in value engineering, cost estimating and cost management, life cycle cost analysis, design, master planning, scheduling, quality control techniques, negotiation and administration of contracts. Mr. Daigle also has been trained in the MCACES 2nd Generation (Mii) estimating software used in estimating projects for the U.S. Military. He maintains the highest degree of professionalism and confidentiality while providing services on sensitive and classified projects. Mr. Daigle’s tenure as a construction engineer and project manager adds a valuable perspective to today’s dynamic market.

Christopher Taylor

Senior Preconstruction Manager with Downey & Scott, LLC in Warrenton, Virginia
Mr. Taylor brings an invaluable perspective from his 36 years of construction experience. He has worked as a preconstruction manager, estimator, project manager, commissioning liaison and company executive with several respected mechanical contractors and construction management firms. Mr. Taylor has led the successful completion of various public and private construction projects, ranging from K-12 projects to higher education projects to office buildings to public safety facilities to net zero projects. In the past, he has also held various security clearances to work on sensitive and classified government agency projects. His unique ability to analyze and cost construction (specializing in mechanical cost) in both upfront and life cycle aspects has contributed to project success and effectiveness. Mr. Taylor works daily on a variety of projects and utilizes the most recent technology to insure the best work product possible. He is versed in all types of construction delivery methods – design/bid/build, design/build, PPEA, and construction manager-at-risk. Mr. Taylor also has extensive knowledge of the various mechanical and plumbing aspects of the projects – unitary equipment, central plant equipment, hydronic piping systems, steam piping systems, variable refrigerant flow systems, ductwork systems, VAV systems, gas piping, domestic water piping, DWV piping, laboratory piping and plumbing fixtures/equipment to name a few. While very adept at mechanical systems, he has also worked with every construction division for cost estimating, project coordination and construction management. His proficiency, professionalism and team player mentality is reflected in the high quality of the workmanship he puts into every project. Mr. Taylor is also proficient in networking with client contacts and maintaining the highest degree of professionalism and confidentiality while providing services for each client.

Michael Van Dyke

Project Manager with Downey & Scott, LLC
Mr. Van Dyke has 26 years of experience in the construction industry ranging from heavy equipment repair and excavation to all aspects of custom home building. Since 2007 he has worked with Downey & Scott as a civil estimator. He has a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Business from Virginia Tech. Mr. Van Dyke also works with the Mii version of the U.S. Military’s MCASES cost estimating software.

AIA Info

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES ( or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Construction Cost Estimating and Value Engineering

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This course examines types, purposes, and methodologies of estimates. It covers means of estimating for labor, equipment, and materials and services. It examines types computer-based estimating resources and processes. This course explores the concepts and processes of value engineering, which reduces costs without reducing functionality of the project.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to identify the types of construction cost estimates and explain their purposes and methodologies, and they will be able to determine which type is best suited for particular projects.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to assist in estimating labor costs, construction equipment costs, overhead costs, profit, and contingencies, such as design costs and escalation.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to assist in estimating construction materials and services, such as subcontractor costs.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to apply value engineering strategies that can lower costs of the project owners or allow them to apply savings for added features.

LUs: 6.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Experience with construction management

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 04/27/2023

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.