Architectural Asbuilt Pricing

How much do asbuilts cost?

What do your typical as builts cost?

This is a great question.The simple answer is our fees in the last year ranged from 4 cents per square foot to over 6 dollars per square foot!

What do your typical as builts cost?

This is a great question and the simple answer is our fees in the last year ranged from 4 cents per square foot to over 6 dollars per square foot!

Can you just give me an estimate over the phone?

After 25 years in the business we certainly should know how to give a quick estimate over the phone right? The answer is no and here’s why. The Quick Quote gives us a chance to look at the project site on Google Earth Pro and get an idea of the complexity of the structure. We then review your requested services which can range from a simple floor plan to a complete facility documentation including 3D photos, a site plan, aerial photos, MEP, RCP, exterior elevations, building sections, roof plans, 3D BIM (Building Information Model) etc.. the list goes on and is unique to the client’s needs. We then look at your desired deliverables and any special project information or requests you have included on the Quick Quote form and apply all the information to our pricing matrix.

What are the variables in your pricing matrix?

There are many variables that affect the price of a project as well as its duration. After applying all of the factors listed below we generate a price and timeline for your project.

  • Location of the project. Although we are nationwide some locations simply create different mobility expenses such as busy cities and remote locations. Taking this into account, the same project with the same scope of work but a different location can have a different price per square foot due to the cost of mobility expenses.

  • The hours and days we have access to perform the work have an affect on the amount of time we will spend in the field for data acquisition. For example, a busy restaurant we just completed allowed (and preferred) us to run our lasers and photo equipment after hours. This was helpful because we weren’t picking up people that might be covering up the data we need, therefore it reduced the amount of scans necessary to acquire the data. In a warehouse, typical business, or even a typical home environment occupation often doesn’t affect the time to complete the data acquisition.

  • The season the work will be performed. Last winter we performed over 3 million square feet of architectural as builts in Chicago alone. The bitter cold along with the snow we had to dig to find the bottom of exterior walls was a contributing factor to the data acquisition time. Another building we documented last winter in Philadelphia was 7 floors and a basement and 3 of the levels were open to the elements and had a one inch layer of ice covering the floor. This was obviously a rare and unique challenge for a building measuring over 1/2 a million square feet.

  • Type and use of the existing structure. We recently performed as builts for a ninety thousand square foot country club in Palm Beach. The reflected ceiling plans alone were extremely complex and unique, so comparing the clubhouse to a warehouse of the same size is not even approaching the same ball park to say the least. In another example, a ranch style home will be pretty cut and dry when compared to a Victorian style; there is simply more to locate and document for the Victorian project.

  • Economy of scale. The larger a project is the less it costs per square foot for services due to the reduction of mobility costs, as well as the efficiency gained in our office for the CAD and administrative work.

  • Is there any existing documentation? Sometimes a client will furnish us with an old set of drawings that is out of date and inaccurate but it further helps us determine the complexity of the structure. Also if a site plan is part of the scope of work, an existing land survey even if it’s old is helpful especially if we can’t see the property from satellite due to vegetation. We often use a survey along with a drone overhead picture and photogrammetry software to verify our work completeness as part of our checklist prior to uploading a completed project to the client side server.

Hence the Quick Quote!

We developed the Quick Quote Form on our website years ago to get all of the information we need to give a prospective clients a way to get a price very fast, usually the next day and sometimes the same day depending on our workload. It takes about five minutes to fill it out and will yield an accurate price and timeline for your project.

After applying the factors listed above to a database of similar projects with a similar scope and location, we come up with a real price based on actual experience. We then divide the price by the amount of gross square feet to be included and come up with a “price per square foot” fee. Sounds backwards right? I assure you it is still the only way to accurately price a project after 25 years of being in the business. So there you have it, the long answer to the most sought after question Samantha fields on a daily basis.


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