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Estimating Fundamentals (CEUs available)
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This 4-hour workshop will use real world examples and a case study to demonstrate the skills and techniques needed in all aspects of estimating to deliver an optimum estimate and proposal for clients. CEUs: Course attendees are eligible to receive 0.4 Continuing Education Units, 4 Professional Development Hours, 4 CCM Renewal Points or 4 AIA Continuing Education Learning Units.

When: Wednesday, March 20, 2019
From 8:00 AM until NOON
Where: Construction Institute
260 Girard Avenue
Hartford, Connecticut  06105
United States
Presenter: Lewis Finkel, F.C.P.E., President, Professional Construction Services, Inc.
Contact: Chris Kullstroem

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Estimating Fundamentals


Using real world examples and a case study, participants will learn skills and techniques in all aspects of estimating to deliver an optimum estimate and proposal for clients.


NOTE: This workshop is hands-on, and in-person attendance is required.


Learning Objectives

  • To cover the estimator’s role in construction cost management and determining cost categories.
  • Learn about the skills needed in the development of a comprehensive bid from a general contractor’s perspective.
  • Review the hardware and software tools used in the estimating process.
  • Review of blueprint reading with blueprint handouts.


Instructor Bio

Lewis Finkel, F.C.P.E., President, Professional Construction Services, Inc.

Lewis Finkel, F.C.P.E. is a Certified Professional Estimator with over 40 years construction experience. Prior to founding Professional Construction Services, Inc. he served with three General Contractors, a Developer and a Design Build Contracting/Engineering firm. In 1970, Mr. Finkel graduated from Drexel University with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with a Construction Management Major.

  • He has estimated billions of dollars in Construction Projects and has had full responsibility for the estimates from solicitation of subcontractors through delivery of bids on bid day.
  • He has scheduled many projects from small residential projects through multimillion dollar projects.
  • He has been responsible for all construction purchasing at his various companies.
  • He has been responsible for designing real estate pro-formas for developing projects.
  • He has been responsible for site supervision on overall construction operations for condominiums, office buildings, laboratories and other buildings.
  • He is a member of the American Society of Professional Estimators, and is a Past National President.
  • He is a member of the Construction Institute of Connecticut and serves on both the Finance and Education Committees.
  • He teaches Estimating of Buildings and Heavy and Highway projects at Central Connecticut State University.



Members: $165 / Non-Members: $225

Members, please login prior to registering to receive the member discount.


Continuing Educational Credit

Construction Institute is an AIA Registered Provider, CCM Recertification Point Provider and NYS approved sponsor of CE - NYS sponsor # 9040.


Course attendees are eligible to receive 0.4 Continuing Education Units, 4 CCM Renewal Points, 4 Professional Development Hours and/or 4 AIA Continuing Education Learning Units, verified through certificates of attendance, which are sent to participants after completion of workshop and assessment.


Course attendees wishing to receive AIA Continuing Education Learning Units and/or CCM Renewal Points should check in at the sign-in desk and fill out the appropriate attendance form(s) to receive credit.




For more information

For questions, contact Richelle Frederick at



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