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Construction Estimates & Value Engineering


      Origins ... 
 Founded in 1995 and located in the Lakes Region of Maine, Conestco specializes in providing construction opinions of probable cost and value engineering services to architects and engineers, owners, municipalities and governmental entities, and developers throughout New England.  Our firm has provided in excess of 1,500 project budgets covering every conceivable type of general construction.  Genres include municipal facilities, courthouses, police and fire stations, prisons and jails, governmental centers, hospitals, assisted and elderly living, high rise apartments, HUD projects, churches, libraries, office buildings, shopping malls, and parking garages.  Projects have ranged in size to $150 million in construction values.  Our goal is to land somewhere withing the middle of the general contractor or construction manager bid spread and we take pride in having a strong track record of doing precisely that.

          Organization ...


We specialize in providing accurate construction estimates and opinions of probable cost for capital planning from initial conceptual or schematic design phases through to contract development.  Providing competent cost analysis from the very earliest stages of concept gives the best assurance that the evolving design does not outstrip the available budget.  We often provide outline specifications in CSI format during early preplanning in concert and with review and approval by the architect that become the skeleton of the line item cost efforts to follow.  As the design evolves into design development and construction documents, early assumptions in conceptual and schematic design regarding content and methods are checked and rechecked to assure accuracy.




 Optimization ... 

Our realistic, field driven value engineering services compare systems of materials and methods for overall short and life cycle cost effectiveness, ergonomics, function, and construction efficiency. Getting costs “back under control“ is a specialty that has proven its effectiveness time and again. An extensive background in both design build and bid spec general contracting involving sales, estimation, design and drafting, field inspections, and management yields a strong knowledge base with which to analyze all parts of the project puzzle with the goal of using value engineering to offer real world problem resolution.