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Chief Estimator

Department: Construction
Location: Chicago , IL

Company Overview:

Milhouse Engineering & Construction is a Chicago-based firm with 16 years of experience in the Aviation, Facilities, Gas, Power, Transportation, and Water/Wastewater sectors. Milhouse has experienced phenomenal growth evolving into a professional, full-service engineering and architectural consulting firm to provide Civil, Construction, Electrical, Energy, Mechanical, Environmental, Heavy Industry, and Structural engineering services along with Architectural services. With more than 200 professionals and offices in multiple locations across the country, Milhouse commits to delivering quality services on budget on schedule with integrity to clients in the federal, private and public sectors. Milhouse provides the highest level of total customer satisfaction by listening to, and responding to every client, and utilizing best business and technology practices. By developing and utilizing some of the industry’s “Best in Class” talent, Milhouse has received numerous awards and recognitions, including being named one of the 2017 winners of the “Chicago’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For” award for the 13th year in a row.


Responsible for all estimating functions that may be required during preconstruction.  Manages subcontractor bid solicitations, performs quantity take offs for internal estimates and self-perform work.  Directs, coordinates and participates in the preparation of all estimates that are provided by the Estimating Department.  Maintains and updates historical pricing database.

Responsibilities include:

  • Bidding construction projects on a hard money basis.
  • Estimating and pricing on conceptual Design/Build projects.
  • Preparing database of bidding contractors.
  • Develop unit costs for components of the bids.
  • Verification of labor production rates for unit cost substantiation.
  • Creating construction schedules.
  • Reviews project plans, specifications, estimating scopes and pricing prepared by estimating staff.
  • Prepares budget and general conditions estimates for entire project prior to bid date.
  • Reviews budgets and general conditions prepared by other estimators.
  • Ensures the flow of project information is maintained and documented.
  • Maintains and communicates data on construction and material cost trends affecting project costs.
  • Prepares and reviews conceptual estimates on multi-million dollar projects using past experience, historical data and parametric estimating ratios.
  • Assess risk and adjust prices accordingly. Advise clients on risk mitigation, value engineering and market trends.
  • Maintain historical data and develop cost trends.
  • Manage and oversee the value engineering process during preconstruction.
  • Collaborate with Purchasing in evaluating and analyzing subcontractor proposals.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • BS in Construction Management, Engineering, or Related field.
  • 10+ years of preconstruction estimating experience on commercial and institutional construction projects.
  • Proficient with estimating software and Excel.
  • Self-managed and ability to work independently while managing junior estimators, multiple projects, and deadlines.
  • Ability to visit project to understand site conditions/restrictions.

Milhouse Engineering and Construction is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

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