Cost Estimating and Management

Cost OpportunityAccurate cost predictions facilitate a more strategic approach to broad-scale expenditures. We base our cost estimating services on fundamental quantity surveying principles to create realistic and actionable budgets. We make sure that clients receive maximum value, expenditure is controlled, and cost is kept within the agreed budget, preventing cost overruns.

CHA has provided detailed and accurate cost estimates nationwide for more than 30 years. Working throughout the United States has enabled us to develop an extensive cost database of information on virtually every project aspect. Our team also has contacts with suppliers, subcontractors, general contractors, and construction managers nationwide, whose insights help us better understand fluctuating market costs and regional valuation.

Our representative experience:

K-12 Schools

  • Greenwich Academy, Master Plan, CT | $40M
  • Mitchell Elementary School, MA | $83M
  • Marlborough Elementary School, MA | $45M
  • Belmont High School, MA | $280M

Historic Buildings

  • Bates College Boathouse, ME | $2.1M
  • Pine Street Inn Tower Restoration, MA | $2.5M
  • Saint Francis de Sales Parish, PA | $2.2M


  • Arsht Center, FL | $300M
  • Cambridge Crossing, MA
  • Spirit Airlines Headquarters, FL


  • Martha’s Vineyard Museum, MA | $11.3M
  • San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, CA | $6.5M
  • Currier Gallery of Art, NH | $10M


  • Belmont Public Library, MA | $13.5M
  • Boston Public Library, Johnson Wing, MA | $36.4M
  • West Tisbury Free Public Library, MA | $6.5M

Higher Education

  • Duke University Perkins Library, NC | $36.5M
  • Connecticut College Master Plan, CT | $224M
  • Notre Dame Residence Hall, IN | $17M
  • William & Mary Science Center, VA | $48M

Public Safety Facilities

  • Sharon Public Safety Facility, MA | $24.8M
  • Salisbury Police Station, MA | $11.3M
  • Oak Bluffs Fire and EMS Station, MA | $8.2M

Town Halls

  • Sudbury Town Hall, MA | $6M
  • Foxborough Town Hall, MA | $6M
  • Brookline Town Hall, MA | $13.8M

Religious Buildings

  • Temple Beth Shalom, MA | $4M
  • Temple Sinai, MA | $2.2M
  • St. Francis de Sales Parish, PA | $12M


  • Office of General Services, NY
  • Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance, MA
  • Eversource Energy, MA
Cost estimating services:
  • Master Planning
  • Initial Concept Review
  • Market Conditions and Cost Research
  • Life-Cycle Cost Analysis
  • Green and Sustainable Initiatives
  • Construction Options
  • Value Engineering and Value Management
  • Reconciliation and Negotiation
  • Cost Management
  • Change Order Mitigation
Cost management services:
  • Actual Cost Reports: Budget vs. Committed vs. Actual Costs
    • Encompasses the Development Budget (Hard & Soft Costs)
  • Change Order Log Tracked Against CSI Division and Responsibility/Cause
  • Risk Log Identifying Exposure to Extra Hard & Soft Costs
  • Invoice Log
  • Payment Requisitions Compilation and Review of Lien Waivers
  • Lien Waiver Log Through All Tiers
  • Notice to Owner Log (Sub-contractor’s Lien Rights Filing)
  • Project Closeout – Final Cost Report
  • Cost Dispute Resolutions
  • Contract Negotiation