acronyms/glossary of terms
A-E - Architect-Engineer.
Approval and Funding Central Office reviews and evaluates PDS's and Prospectus's for inclusion
in the annual GSA fiscal budget request for the entire agency. OMB will evaluate all the various
Executive Branch agencies' requests for funds to create a final budget and Congress decides which
initiatives will be approved (authorized) and funded (appropriated).
Art-in-Architecture Program that commissions publicly scaled artworks that are integral parts of
the architectural fabric or surrounding landscapes of new or substantially expanded federal buildings
through allocation of 0.5 percent of the estimated construction cost.
Benchmarking A measurement and analysis process that compares relevant selected measures
to a selected basis of comparison. Refer to page 11.
BER Building Evaluation Report.
Cost Estimate The general term "cost estimate" refers to any officially prepared estimate whether
planning, design stage, construction contract or modification
Contingency An amount added to the cost estimate to allow to provide for uncertain costs events
or conditions that experience shows are likely to occur.
CSI Construction Specifications Institute.
ECC The Estimated Cost of Construction represents the total cost of construction anticipated
through the completion of construction process and includes in the initial bids/offers as well as
changes that have been authorized through construction.
ECCA The Estimated Cost of Construction at Award represents what the initial bids/offer is
expected to be. This figure excludes construction contingency but will include design contingency
that typically is reduced zero at bid/offer time.
ETPC or TEPC This is the Estimated Total Project Cost or the Total Estimated Project Cost and as
such includes all construction related costs as well as costs associated with site funding, professional
services and management services on the part of GSA.
FAR Federal Acquisition Register.
GCCRG General Construction Cost Review Guide (GCCRG) provides costs to construct space
by space type, escalation and location factors by localities, and a system for developing Cost
Benchmarks It is generally published annually.
GSA General Services Administration.
Independent Government Estimate (IGE) The Independent Government Estimate is a formal,
approved construction cost estimate prepared for contract purposes. This estimate is required for all
project estimating requirements P-120