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- Date: Tue, 31 Aug 1999 23:04:25 EDT
In a message dated 8/29/1999 7:26:28 PM Pacific Daylight Time, chuckuc(--nospam--at)dnai.com writes: << Dennis- I've done a small survey of residential engineering design fees here in Marin Co. and would like to compare notes. These are large two or three story homes ($400,000 to $1,000,000+)on sloped sites with pier and grade beam foundations. Engineering time is billed in the $100 to $150 per hour range. Structural design fees run around $1.50 to $1.75 per square foot (the 97 UBC seismic seems to have added about an extra $.25 to $.50). Structural drawings add another $.25 to $.35. Trussed roofs knock off about $500. >> Chuck, this seems low for the site that this home is being constructed on. When comparing fees for a project that was discussed at the Consulting Structural Engineers Society a few months ago, a fee for a similar home was getting closer to 1.25% of the construction cost in the Los Angeles area. In my area, most homes are single story or split level at best with no unusual soil conditions that require more than conventional slab on grade foundations. I am quoting around $1.25 to $1.50 per square foot (regardless of who designs the roof). However, these homes are much simpler to design than hillside or homes on expansive soils. I would think that your fees are on the low side, but then again, this has much to do with local competition and the availability of work. I've lost a few jobs lately from clients who were in a hurry. The choice was to pay my fee (which was considered high) or wait for another engineers schedule who charged less. The architect decided to wait for the lower fee. Dennis
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