Estimator

Name : Laura Schaefer
Industry Type : General Contractors - Managers
City & State : Salisbury,MD
Job Title Estimator
Relocation Preferences : Baltimore, DC, Delaware, Virginia, NJ, PA
Objective : LAURA A. SCHAEFER

Motivated and personable business professional excelling in interpersonal and communication skills who has found success in harboring a strong and unwavering work ethic. Talent for quickly mastering technology utilizes it to produce a high volume of quality work. Diplomatic and tactful at all levels with both professionals and non-professionals. Demonstrated history of producing accurate and timely reports; which, not only meet, but exceed outlined expectations. Flexible and versatile, maintains a sense of humor under pressure. Poised and competent, demonstrates ability to easily transcend cultural differences. Thrives in deadline-driven environments. Excellent team building skills. Proactive attitude with exhibited problem-solving skills.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
PRECONSTRUCTION PROJECT MANAGER/ESTIMATORDEC 2006-JAN 2009
HERMAN STEWART CONSTRUCTION HOSPITALITY LARGE CONSTRUCTION DIVISION
Produce accurate conceptual estimates for ground up as well as renovation projects for Divisions 1-16 (+$5m)
Study and analyze blueprints and pertinent construction documents to produce detailed categorized cost estimation of necessary scope and other expenses. Excellent working knowledge of design, procurement, field processes and their inherent cost performance risks.
Extensive experience in providing comprehensive estimates for both bid and negotiated projects. Manages projects on both a tactical and detailed level.
Develop itemized scope of work for each division incorporating all construction documents ensuring that all necessary work, materials, equipment, etc. for project completion is included.
Review blueprints and construction documents identifying problematic areas and resolving these issues in the preconstruction phase utilizing RFIs, addendums, etc.
Work as the liaison for the entire preconstruction team, including: owner, architect, engineers, subcontractors, design team, and corporate franchise representatives (when applicable) in order to ensure all concerns are addressed and resolved during the preconstruction phase.
Provide value engineering ideas including cost savings, scopes of work that will be affected and ensure that any and all changes are completely addressed in all required areas (and that the construction documents reflect all required changes).
Review and analyze all proposals received by subcontractors in order to determine which to utilize in estimate prepared for owner.
Take into account: duration, scope, materials, equipment, etc. in order to produce effective overhead and profit projections.
Company average for large construction projects was 5.5%-6.8% profit. Led projects which averaged 11.3% profit margins upon completion.
Utilize Microsoft Project in order to develop accurate construction schedule for entire project thru Division 16.
Created Excel spreadsheet templates for Effective Overhead and Profit Projections which were implemented and used by estimators and project managers, company-wide.
Provide a personal approach with professional expertise with owners, architects, franchise representatives, sub-contractors, co-workers, etc. to establish: trusting, long-lasting, enjoyable, and understanding relationships where exceeding expectations is the norm.
GENERAL MANAGERMAY 2007-SEPT 2008
SKIPPERS PIER RESTAURANT FRONT OF HOUSE MANAGER
Review all applications, interview and hire all front house employees (approx. 75)
Created and implemented all front of house procedures (including opening, closing, sections, seating, etc.)
Produced weekly schedule for all front of house employees.
Established and implemented all Cash-Out routines for wait staff and cash bar employees.
Formulated inventory control methods for liquor, wine, and beer.
Solve any issues with guests that were not satisfied with any part of their dining experience. Provide various solutions to guests to ensure that they were comfortable, content, and relaxed upon the conclusion of their visit.
Train all front of house employees to guarantee that they possess distinguished customer service skills.
Arrange the dining areas to gain the best advantage for movement and seating among staff and guests.
Provide solutions in high stress situations with the ability to delegate and restore order quickly.
Work with inspectors and government officials in regards to cleanliness, food safety, liquor control, etc.
Designed spreadsheets for both front and back of house to enable quickly generate cost effective methods of operation.
Able to: motivate, communicate, lead, and inspire trust and enthusiasm, to obtain the best out of all of our employees. Able to congregate the front of house to play as a team, and help each other in order to help themselves.
ASST PRECONSTRUCTION MANAGER/ASST ESTIMATOR MAY 2005-NOV 2006
HERMAN STEWART CONSTRUCTION HOSPITALITY/LARGE CONSTRUCTION DIVISION
Identify qualified subcontractors required for project completion and invite them to review, analyze and price the project.
Update and maintain all pertinent information for historical project database
Created subcontractor database used by all divisions of company. Database contains 10,000+ subcontractors
Reviewed all contract documents issued by architect and determined which subcontractors were to receive them.
Led the company to utilize electronic construction documents for distribution to subcontractors. Savings to Herman Stewart was over $100,000 annually.
Maintained precise documentation for Sr. Estimators of all involved processes for contract and legal issues.
Was first Jr. Estimator in the history of Herman Stewart Construction.
Assisted Sr. Estimators by developing and issuing detailed work scopes for Division 7, 8, 9, 10, & 14.
Reviewed all received proposals for named divisions and gave referrals to Sr. Estimators on which subcontractor has most comprehensive scope for given price.
PROJECT COORDINATOR/PROJECT ENGINEER/ADMIN ASST MAR 2004-APR 2005
HERMAN STEWART CONSTRUCTION HOSPITALITY/LARGE CONSTRUCTION DIVISION
Send all Invitations to Bid and maintain all responses 200+ per project.
Maintain subcontractor information, updating: contact names, address, phone number, typical project size, etc.
Maintain and update RFI log for each project as directed by Sr. Estimator.
Manage Bid Board, compiling and revising information regarding each project in preconstruction phase. Distribute Bid Calendar weekly to entire Executive Team as well as estimators for all divisions in company.
Distribute all contract documents as required to subcontractors.
Coordinate with various staff for operational support activities of the division; serve as a liaison between departments and operating divisions in the resolution of day-to-day administrative and operational problems.
Created and implemented filing system for hotel estimating division, enabling coworkers to quickly access all bids and correspondence received from subcontractors per project.
Worked directly with printing company to implement electronic plan room and new printing/sending procedures.
Receive all incoming phone calls from subcontractors and directed them to appropriate Sr. Estimator if unable to accommodate their inquiries or requests.
Schedule and coordinate meetings, interviews, appointments, events and other similar activities for supervisors, which includes travel and lodging arrangements.
Demonstrated expertise in MS OFFICE; using WORD, WORKS, EXCEL, POWERPOINT, ACCESS, PUBLISHER, and OUTLOOK on a daily basis.
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