Preconstruction for Special Projects & Interiors – Portland

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Preconstruction – Special Projects & Interiors

R&H’s mission is to deliver an exceptional customer experience and we believe that Preconstruction Services is an integral part of that process.  A great estimator is self-motivated and enjoys meeting clients and subcontractors as much as putting numbers together for a well-thought out and detailed budget.

General Position Summary:
Your primary role is to prepare estimates for assigned project(s) that are approximately $5 million and under and nurture relationships with industry contacts to develop new work opportunities for R&H.

Essential Duties Include:

  • Review project specifications, drawings, and lead coordination meetings to determine scope of work and required contents of estimate/budget.
  • Prepare complex and detailed cost estimates and preliminary conceptual budgets.
  • Perform detailed take-offs as necessary.
  • Work with Operations counterparts to establish GMP contracts.
  • Coordinate total estimating effort relevant to particular project/bid as assigned.
  • Maintain files of working documents as back-up for estimate figures.
  • Represent R&H to clients, potential clients, A/E, and other contractors to provide cost engineering and cost data regarding project feasibility.
  • Work on a wide variety of project types in multiple market sectors.
  • Develop strong subcontractor relationships.
  • Follow awarded contracts as assigned – may include estimating extra work items, change orders, credits; procuring material, etc.
  • Actively participate in Business Development efforts and request for proposal responses and interviews.
  • Attend and actively network at twelve industry oriented events annually.
  • Participate in and invite industry contacts to at least one R&H organized marketing event.
  • Document and maintain a network of industry contacts.
  • Perform additional assignments per supervisor’s direction.


  • Great communication skills – written and oral.
  • Attention to detail, analytical approach to problems.
  • Personable and professional.
  • Collaborative, problem solver, hard working.
  • Takes personal responsibility for issues that arise.
  • Advanced knowledge of estimating techniques and cost control, plus ability to interpret computerized cost data and systems essential.
  • Requires the ability to manage multiple projects at different stages in the preconstruction process.


  • College degree preferred in construction/architecture/engineering or equivalent experience.
  • Construction field experience favorable.
  • Five to ten years of estimating, cost control and/or related experience.
  • Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, and Outlook, Project), Bluebeam Revu & Viewpoint.
  • LEED AP, OSHA 10-Hour, Revit/CAD experience are favorable.
  • Knowledge of unit prices, construction means & methods, labor productivity and our local market.

Physical Activities:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Performance of the required duties will require physical ability to occasionally climb permanent and temporary stairs, climb ladders, negotiate work areas under construction, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, the ability to adjust focus and look at a computer monitor. Performing this job regularly requires use of hands and fingers to type, use a mouse and touch-screen devices as well as the ability to sit, talk, hear and stand. Employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds.

Work Environment:

This position generally requires 8-10 hours a day Monday-Friday.  This position requires the incumbent to work in the R&H Construction office with visits to potential construction projects and projects that are underway.  When walking around a construction job site/potential jobsite the incumbent may be exposed to weather conditions, dust, noise, chemicals, odors and fumes.

The incumbent will be working independently with minimal supervision.

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