Appendix A.1: Uniformat Level 1-5 Cost Elements. However, certain projects (such as nonpro-
spectus repair and alteration work) may have had their budgetary estimates done in work
items or CSI MasterFormat.
Backup worksheets must support detailed estimates, covering all cost-sensitive project
data and defining all major assumptions made. Backup estimating data and quantity-
survey information may be in any format, grouped under appropriate format classification
The A-E is required to provide the Independent Government Estimator advance copies of
all concept plans and documentation early enough to allow for the preparation of required
estimates as part of the concept design submission. Advance documents must include
floor plans, elevations, sections, and perspective views in sufficient detail to allow a realistic
parametric cost assessment. In addition, the A-E provides:
A statement on the conceptual approach and general features for each major
building system, including an itemized listing of anticipated types and approximate
capacities/sizes. Block loads for structural, mechanical, and electrical systems.
Quality levels of major materials and systems to be used, including any special
design programming or code requirements relating to fire protection, HVAC,
plumbing, electrical, and structural components.
A copy of the design program to ensure that the estimator understands goals,
objectives, and design directives that may not yet be reflected in concept design
To ensure that the project is developing on-budget, the A-E's estimator must also submit a
list of cost-saving items that collectively would reduce the project's cost to approximately
10 percent below budget.
The Independent Government Estimator is required to prepare an ECCA summary sheet to
Uniformat Level 2, representing all project and estimate data. Each ECCA summary must
compare the design cost breakdown with any budget cost values escalated to the midpoint of
construction, including per-square-meter or square-foot calculations of overall project cost.
To support design development estimating, the A-E provides the Independent Government
Estimator the documentation necessary to describe proposed types, quality, and quantities
prospectus product / deliverable P-120