How would I price the framing on a temporary foundation and structure, that has over sized walls and flat roof?

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Posted by: from Surrey
9/8/2012 at 6:13:26 PM


I'm trying to bid a framing job that for the most part is just labour intensive. The structure is a single story, but quite tall sitting at almost 19'. SF is 5500, and sits on a temporary foundation that I am also bidding on.

My question is this: For a temporary building, like the sales center that Im bidding on, would the bidding price typically go up or down based on its longevity?

I've done mostly residential framing, and some commercial construction, but this is a unique situation to throw a bid on. Maybe cost plus would be a better consideration?

Thanks for your help.

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Date/Time9/13/2012 at 10:58:29 AM

Hi Kyle,

Just wondering why you would change your normal pricing structure. You are building something with plans, engineering, and permits and will have to build to applicable codes and have all of the inspections etc. In other words, exactly like every other project you get.

As this is a sales center - probably for a large development of some type? - the owners will have taken the cost of the sales center into account and probably want something that is going to reflect the quality of the product they are selling, not the cheapest thing they can get. Maybe you can find a way to get them more bang for their buck?

You still have to take all of the normal factors for your business into account - "materials + labour + overheads + profits = price." The fact that is temporary has nothing to do with it.

There are only a couple of reasons I can think of to change your pricing. If you already have a contract for the rest of the project and are doing the guy a favour, or if this is going to carry you through a normally slow period. I am sure you can come up with a few more but why?

Just my 2cents FWIW.

Good luck with it!

Jim Kuzma

Kettleby Handyman Services

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