[Requester], [Title]
Michael Carmagnola, Jr., AIA, Director
Project Management & Construction Services
[Project Manager], Project Manager
Project Management & Construction Services
[Project Name], [Building]
Capital Project # [CPXXXXXX]
Rough Order of Magnitude (ROM) Project Estimate
ROM Estimate: We anticipate the cost of this work will be approximately [$X,000]. A ROM
Project Estimate is generated by multiplying the total square footage of the project area by the
historical cost per square foot of projects having a similar type and location. These factors were cross
checked against our understanding of the work requested, existing conditions in the project area and
specific or atypical components of your project. The project square footage is based on UT Facilities
Inventory Data and the square foot cost is based on a COGNOS report extracted from FAMIS (see
definitions on page three). ROMs have a variance of +/- 30%.
Please see the Cost Summary below.
Work Summary: The work requested is [brief description of work]. This estimate covers
[components or major divisions of work, if applicable].
Cost Summary:
Project Total (Rounded)
Square Foot Cost
$ X,000
$ per sq. ft.
Standards: Proposed work will be built to current University of Texas Construction Standards that
can be found at
Hazardous Materials: Asbestos and lead are commonly found in older construction. Environmental
Health and Safety will test for the presence of these materials.
Unforeseen Conditions: In renovation, there is always the possibility of unforeseen conditions that
could affect project costs significantly. If this project goes forward, we will notify you of conditions
that will affect the construction cost or schedule.
Next Steps:
Option One: Request a Detailed Estimate
A detailed estimate is a client funded task authorizing the Project Manager to perform the following;
produce a Scoping and Feasibility analysis, perform a thorough review of existing conditions and
document those findings, prepare a Program and Design Schematic for the project and generate a
Detailed Estimate based on the client approved Program and Schematic. The cost of a Detailed
Estimate is $5,500.
Option Two: Approve the Project
Project approval authorizes Project Management & Construction Services (PMCS) to proceed with
Scoping & Feasibility, Programming, Schematic Design, Design Development and produce
Construction Documents. Approval of the Project requires a minimum funded amount of 30% of the
ROM Project Estimate.
Electing either option will require written authorization from your Vice President and an account
number from which funding will be provided. Once approval is received we will begin work on your
requested Option.
Time Limit: This estimate is valid for three months from this date. If the project is not funded within
this time period, the project will be canceled. If you wish to pursue the project at a future date, please
notify PMCS, and we will reactivate the project and re-evaluate the costs providing a ROM based on
updated historical data and current market conditions.
Contact: If you have any questions concerning this estimate, scope of work, or associated
procedures, please contact me by:
Desk phone:
Mobile phone:
Work Request (SR10)
Location Map
Daniel Sleznick, Vice Provost (College/Academic Estimates over $25k
and College/Academic Estimates asking
for Provost funding)
Assistant/Associate Dean (academic projects)
Director / Associate Director (non-academic projects)
Vice President (non-academic projects)
Jennifer Maedgen, Senior Associate Vice President (ADA projects)
(Insert additional stakeholder cc’s as necessary)
File – D. Financial
SCOPING AND FEASIBILITY: translate academic or department request/initiatives into potential
facility needs and determine if a capital construction project is necessary.
PROGRAM: written statement setting forth design objectives, constraints, and criteria for a project
including space requirements and relationships, flexibility and expandability, special equipment and
systems, and site requirements.
Preliminary discussions with the designer to determine the client's functional needs, general aesthetic
goals and projected budget. Programming does not include any design but rather serves as the
problem seeking phase. Attention to this Phase will establish clear parameters and create a solid
foundation for the following phases.
SCHEMATIC DESIGN: develop a clearly defined design with a comprehensive scope, budget and
schedule &
Scope, schedule, budget and schematic design studies consisting of drawings and other documents
illustrating the scale and relationship of the project components.
At the end of the schematic design phase the designer will present some very rough sketches to the
client for approval. These sketches will provide the client with the opportunity to verify that the
designer has correctly interpreted the client's desired functional relationships between various
DESIGN DEVELOPMENT: refine the scope and further develop the approved schematic to work out
a clear, coordinated description of all aspects of the project.
At the end of the design development phase the designer will provide the client with drafted to-scale
drawings that will illustrate the project as it would look when it's constructed. These drawings will
very specifically define the site plan, floor plans and elevations. It is important that the client provide
input to the designer at this time as the design development drawings are used as the basis for the
construction drawings and preliminary cost estimates for the project.
CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS: refine and further detail the approved design development
documents to form a coordinated comprehensive set of documents used for building, bidding and
permitting the project.
Based on client-approved design development drawings, construction documents are prepared.
When the construction documents are complete the project will have sufficient information to secure
contractor bids.
BIDDING: advertise project and solicit bids; select contractor(s).
CONSTRUCTION: build/renovate facility, spaces and systems.
COMMISSION, PUNCH, SUBSTANTIAL COMPLETION: test operation of all systems; measure
against design.
OCCUPANCY: move in furniture and occupants.
CLOSE OUT: reconcile all contracts, payments and archive project documents, such as O&M
manuals, as-builts, etc.
WARRANTY PERIOD: one year (less one day) from substantial completion.
Supporting Information: Please see the PMCS web site for additional documentation and
information regarding construction projects @ the University of Texas.

Rough Order of Magnitude Estimate - The University of Texas at Austin