Estimating + Economics

In standard forms of agreement, the architect’s professional services include the following:
- Budget evaluation: Project scope, quality, schedule, and construction budget are interrelated, and design generally begins with an evaluation of each in terms of the other.
- Cost estimates: The architect may provide a preliminary estimate of the cost of the work when the project requirements have been sufficiently identified. The owner must be advised of any adjustments to the previous estimates that result from updates and refinements of the preliminary design.
- Construction contract administration: As part of construction contract administration, the architect reviews and certifies amounts due the construction contractor when the contractor requests payment. Change orders are also evaluated and agreed upon.