Cost Estimator – San Diego, CA, US

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Cost Estimator – San Diego, CA, US

Cost Estimator

Department: Facilities Operations Management
Location: San Diego, CA, US

NIKA is hiring for an exciting opportunity as a Cost Estimator to facilitate and coordinate the development of accurate, timely initial project budgets and detailed cost estimates in the execution of major and minor capital and construction projects at Naval Medical Center San Diego, CA.

Named a “Top Workplace” by the Washington Post, NIKA is a well-established company that is focused on growth within an entrepreneurial environment. NIKA delivers comprehensive services and solutions to support the full life cycle of facilities. For more than two decades, the Department of Defense and federal civilian agencies, as well as commercial and higher education institutions, have trusted NIKA to design, build, operate, and manage their real property. By combining facilities operations management, engineering, and architecture services, we provide value and expertise for complex and mission critical facilities.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Responsible for the development of detailed construction cost estimates and total project cost budgets.
  • Prepare Rough Order of Magnitude (ROM) estimates for projects by analyzing costs, materials, labor, market conditions, bid documentation, and specifications associated with each project.
  • Develop and maintain an estimating database (historical data, outside quotes/references) of building and specific unit costs and compares baseline estimates to project actuals for continuous improvement of estimates.
  • Assess cost effectiveness of products, projects, and/or services. Evaluates project change proposals for accuracy and completeness.
  • Coordinate and/or participate in the coordination of project implementation as a member of various capital and construction project teams.
  • Review drawings and specifications to determine costs and assists in value management on projects; evaluate third-party estimates and tracks market costs to validate estimates.
  • Collaborate with project managers in the preparation of contracts and subcontracts and the negotiation of revisions, changes, and additions to contractual agreements.
  • Review the project requests and requirements, provides guidance and recommendations identifying risks/opportunities, which may include other options, phasing or alternative concepts as required.
  • Working knowledge of material unit costs, systems square footage costs, Work Breakdown Structure codes and total building square footage costs in the healthcare environment.
  • Knowledge of RS Means and current applied techniques in project estimating from conceptual state to final detailed estimating
  • Evaluate contractor and subcontractor bids for accuracy, clarifications, and exclusions to ensure calculation markups are correct.
  • Evaluate and negotiate potential change order costs during construction.
  • Provide reports on various projects ranging from small – to large-scale by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing cost information and trends.
  • Performs other tasks and duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Five (5) years of closely related construction cost estimating experience.
  • Experience in estimating costs for projects in healthcare
  • Experience utilizing RS Means tools to prepare estimates
  • Must have or be able to attain a Security Clearance

NIKA provides equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law. Further, NIKA takes affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed, and employees are treated during employment without regard to any of these characteristics. Discrimination of any type will not be tolerated.