Cost Estimator, Capital Facility Planner at CBRE

Renton, Washington, United States

  • IMPORTANT NOTE: This is not an IT-type job, but more akin to those who have Capital Facility Planning experience.


This person will be responsible for the development of 10 Year Capital Maintenance Plan
Vet requirements with Facility Management
Coordinate with Program Office on the implementation of the Sustainment Model and the CMPM program
Reporting from VFA Facility as required to support the Planning Process
Work with Accounting to align facility requirements with expected funding level
Support the Capital Plan refresh that occurs semi-annually.
Coordinate energy and sustainability initiatives with maintenance requirements in the Capital Plan
Provide Strategic Cash Flow for incorporation into the annual 10 year Capital Plan


Strategic Project Development
Support DSSP with cost estimates during the development of the Service Delivery Plan (cost range generally from $5 million to $750 million)
Update Cost Model estimates as more data becomes known
Estimate portfolio wide facility improvement initiatives
Investment Projects Support
Provide conceptual estimates in support of the Investment Projects program
Crosscheck Investment work with know PM&R/MLF Requirements
Provide preliminary schedule information for Investment Projects
Medical Equipment Support
Review of all medical equipment installations or replacements that have a facility impact
Develop estimated cost of facility impacts
Coordinate ME impacts with other projects
Project Cost Review and Analysis
Review and analyze initial General Contractor GMP proposals
Review costs of GC change order requests
Review and approve GC’s Final Project Cost Substantiation
Develop and maintain a database of current unit costs.
Strategic Project Development:
Support DSSP with cost estimates during the development of the Service Delivery Plan
Develop preliminary schedules to inform DSSP of the time requirements for each project
Crosscheck Strategic Project execution with known PM&R, MLF, and Investment projects
Provide data necessary to support the development of required Business Cases
Plan and estimate portfolio wide facility improvement initiatives
Spend Manager & Funding:
Serve as Tech Expert for all Spend Manager funding requests that have a facility impact
Act as primary liaison between NFS and Capital Planning for facility projects
Act as primary liaison between NFS and IT for capital IT projects with facility impact
Enter all PM&R, MLF, and Strategic projects and track them through the funding process
Evaluate ad hoc requests from Real Estate and Facility Management and enter them in Spend Manager for review and funding if appropriate
Review, initially approve, and obtain funding for Project Change Requests
VFA Facility:
Provide Facility data as requested by DSSP, Facility Management, and others
Work with Program Office to update and maintain the VFA Facility database for KPWA
Manage and direct the on-going annual facility survey program to ensure that the data remains fresh
Manage the close-out process to ensure that Project Management is closing completed Requirements in VFA Facility
Attend the monthly VFA Facility Peer Group Meetings


No formal supervisory responsibilities in this position. Provides informal assistance such as technical guidance, and/or training to coworkers. May lead cost teams and/or plan, and supervise assignments of lower level employees.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Bachelor's degree (BA/BS/BEng/BArch) from College or University in a technical area of study.
Minimum 4 years of related experience and/or training.


RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors) or CIOB (Chartered Institute of Building) accreditation preferred.


Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Strong organizational and analytical skills. Ability to provide efficient, timely, reliable and courteous service to customers. Ability to effectively present information.


Requires general knowledge of financial terms and principles. Ability to calculate intermediate figures such as percentages, discounts, and commissions. Conducts advanced financial analysis.


Ability to comprehend, analyze, and interpret complex documents. Ability to solve problems involving several options in situations. Requires advanced analytical and quantitative skills.


Advanced skills with Microsoft Office Suite. Working knowledge in MS Project is helpful. Knowledge with estimating software such as OST preferred. Ability to read and understand architectural drawings. Knowledge of leases, contracts, and construction practices preferred.


Decisions made with thorough understanding of procedures, company policies, and business practices to achieve general results and deadlines. Responsible for setting work unit and/or project deadlines. Errors in judgment may cause short-term impact to department.

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