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OUR SERVICES

Setting budget expectations for your project, start to finish.

Concosts and its Principals were integral in creating standard reporting and engagement practices for quantity surveyors in BC. From 1968, onward, Concosts has set the standard for quantity surveying in British Columbia. Our extensive consulting experience in Western Canada provides a strong basis on which to provide insight on investments and mitigate project risk through pre-construction budget analysis, market analysis and value engineering.

Our analysis of drawings, specifications and consultant reports, along with our professional experience and knowledge to make informed estimates, provides a comprehensive scale of scopes for each project.

Quantity Take-Offs

  • Areas statistics
  • Structural elements
  • Building systems

Pricing

  • Hard unit costs for materials and labour
  • Soft Cost allowances
  • Project special conditions and requirements
  • Informed allowances

Value Engineering

  • Maintaining project integrity while reducing cost
  • Selecting products for cost efficiency
  • Achieving feasibility and greater profitability

Professional & impartial third party opinion to resolve your construction disputes.

Litigation support is provided by Concosts’ Professional Quantity Surveyors to assist in the resolution of disputes between parties of a construction agreement. Disputes are most common between a Client and a contractor regarding the value of work completed on a construction project. The plaintiff in a case may be either the Client or the contractor, but in any case, the dispute in centered around cost. Our expertise as cost consultants provides us the ability to examine the details of the dispute and provide an expert opinion to a court or arbitrator. Upon receipt of instruction from the Client or Contractor’s legal representation, we will work with the lawyer to prepare an expert report.

A variety of circumstances may contribute to the need for an independent assessment of a dispute. The billing by the contractor versus the amount of work completed may not align. Amounts may be owing to a contractor for work performed that the Client refuses to pay. The performance of the contractor may be cause for termination, thus leaving an incomplete project and outstanding payables. Alternatively, a project may be complete but contain deficiencies requiring corrective work at additional cost. In any case, it is the plaintiff’s opinion that they have been taken advantage of financially and in breach of a contractual agreement. Concosts strong understanding of contract documents, our comprehensive knowledge of construction practices and methods combined with our detailed approach to forensic accounting analysis yields the most accurate conclusions to aid in dispute resolution.

As Professional Quantity Surveyors trained in analyzing, estimating and pricing construction work; the accuracy, quality and credibility of Concosts’ dispute resolution opinion reports has been substantiated by having such reports accepted as expert reports by the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

 

Our attention to detail, real construction experience and forensic accounting analysis will ensure a fair resolution to your disputes.

The litigation process is made easier with the assistance of a professional cost consultant. Concosts is actively involved in various areas of litigation support depending on the client and the project. The preparation of our expert opinion reports involves a structured process to ensure that we accurately address all relevant details of the dispute and provide a decisive conclusion. Concosts’ contribution to the judicial process on your project will be recognized as an asset by a judge, arbitrator or mediator.

 

Areas of Litigation Support

  • Expert reports and testimony
  • Analysis of construction claim disputes
  • Arbitration and mediation support
  • Assist receiver-manager in foreclosures

Components of expert report

  • Detailed site and project analysis
  • Complete documentation review
  • Forensic accounting audit & reconciliation
  • Market value cost comparison
  • Conclusive written opinion report

 Attributes to judicial process

 

  • Impartial 3rd party opinion
  • Professional Cost Consultants
  • Real cost index of reference

We pride ourselves in creating a reliable and transparent environment by maintaining constant flow of communication between Lender and Client.

Concosts acts as a third-party reviewer for a Client’s project enabling a smooth working relationship toward a successful project. Through Project Monitoring, Concosts helps anticipate potential costs or schedule overruns and help advise the Client on methods to mitigate or eliminate potential issues before they happen.

Concosts is comprised of a versatile team of professionals from various backgrounds in construction, enabling them to provide accurate, effective and efficient Project Monitoring. Our knowledge of the industry and market trends ensures the most up-to-date forecasting and protection for both Lender and Client.

Concosts maintains an active role until completion to ensure each project is successful and that both Client and Lender are completely satisfied. Engaging Concosts as Project Monitors provides peace of mind that costs will be properly controlled, monitored and managed.

As a part of the construction loan agreement between the Client and Lender, Concosts typically prepares an initial Cost Report. After the initial Cost Report is accepted by the Lender, subsequent monthly progress claims are prepared during the construction process whenever the Client requests a draw from the loan. These reports provide the following key benefits:

Cost Report

  • Full design drawing takeoffs to ensure no quantities are missed
  • Ensures adequacy of budget
  • Budget is updated if items are missed
  • Provides supplementary discussion on various lending requirements
  • Forecasting of potential problem areas
  • Compares budget against current market costs
  • Tender reviewing
  • Value engineering

Progress Claims

  • Ensures adequate cost to complete
  • Onsite review conducted to verify draw request
  • Problem areas can be identified during site reviews
  • Confirms all lending conditions of mortgage are met
  • Prevents overspending by the Client

Payment Certification

Details to follow. Check back soon for updated information.

CAREERS

Our Burnaby offices are currently seeking BCIT, UBCO or equivalent graduates from an Architectural, Building & Engineering Technology or Construction Estimating program with a minimum of two years of relevant work experience in local industry.

Candidate’s duties will include Estimating, Project Loan Monitoring, Cost Consulting and Consultant Professional Quantity Surveying services.

Strong computer skills are absolutely essential. The candidates must have good communication and English proficiency skills.

Designation with LEED would be beneficial. If you are driven, ambitious and have a desire to build an exciting and rewarding career with like-minded self-starters, join us at Concosts.

The successful proponent will be expected to join the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (CIQS) and provincial affiliate, CIQS-BC. Concosts supports and encourages candidates to obtain the necessary experience to become Professional Quantity Surveyors upon successful completion of CIQS examination requirements.

Apply in confidence with résumé and cover letter to pqs@concosts.com. 

Our Kelowna offices are currently seeking BCIT, UBCO or equivalent graduates from an Architectural, Building & Engineering Technology or Construction Estimating program with a minimum of two years of relevant work experience in local industry.

Candidate’s duties will include Estimating, Project Loan Monitoring, Cost Consulting and Consultant Professional Quantity Surveying services.

Strong computer skills are absolutely essential. The candidates must have good communication and English proficiency skills.

Designation with LEED would be beneficial. If you are driven, ambitious and have a desire to build an exciting and rewarding career with like-minded self-starters, join us at Concosts.

The successful proponent will be expected to join the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (CIQS) and provincial affiliate, CIQS-BC. Concosts supports and encourages candidates to obtain the necessary experience to become Professional Quantity Surveyors upon successful completion of CIQS examination requirements.

 Apply in confidence with résumé and cover letter to pqs@concosts.com. 

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