Every good construction project starts with a GREAT material takeoff.

The construction takeoff is the backbone of the Precision preconstruction process. Takeoffs form the foundation on which successful cost estimates and construction budgets are built. Our construction takeoff services also inform scheduling and help to identify key lead items - allowing for successful planning and execution of your project.


Material Takeoff

A material takeoff is an indispensable tool for everyone involved in the construction industry. Our quantity surveyors understand all aspects of construction, so we are able to generate a comprehensive takeoff, even in the earliest stages of designing and planning. We are able to provide a takeoff report organized in CSI MasterFormat, UniFormat, or any proprietary format you prefer.

All of our takeoff reports are accompanied by detailed takeoff drawings. These visual tools help our clients to quickly understand the project and how specific quantities were derived. We see the takeoff drawings as a key aspect of transferring project knowledge and understanding to our clients - giving them the confidence that the job was done right.

Takeoff Formats

Color-coded digital takeoffs and quantity surveys allow our clients to easily understand their projects and reference appropriate scopes on demand. We also work with our clients to format the Work Breakdown Structure or Bill of Materials to fit their preferred project management methods.


♣ Detailed and well organized material takeoffs are valuable project management tools. Our team understands all aspects of construction and leverages that understanding to generate comprehensive takeoffs with color-coded takeoff sheets to facilitate effective knowledge transfer and quality control. Our takeoffs can be organized in CSI MasterFormat, UniFormat, or any other client-preferred format.

Check out our interactive tool below to learn more about how takeoffs can add value throughout the design and planning process.

Stages of Construction Takeoff

ROM takeoffs are based on big picture metrics such as number of rooms in a planned hotel or, as in this example, the number of square feet of a planned residence.


Earliest stage of project planning. Required information can be as limited as (i) intended use, (ii) project size and location, and (iii) quality of finishes.


Used to compile a ROM estimate to establish the construction budget and aid in feasibility analysis.

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Helps the owner and project team to remain focused on key goals during the early stages of design and establishes a baseline for comparison with later iterations of the design, budget, and schedule.

At the conceptual design stage, takeoffs become more detailed and include assembly-level quantification. In many cases, input from our takeoff and estimating staff at this early stage helps to inform future design and specification choices.


This is the “napkin sketch” stage of design. Intended use of space and rough sketches and dimensions are all that is needed to produce a comprehensive conceptual takeoff. Our team’s construction knowledge allows for proactive consideration of key assumptions and constructability issues.


Used to establish scope of work and explore different design options.

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The devil is in the details...or the lack thereof. Careful consideration of constructability issues at this early stage allows for more efficient and cost-effective choices to be made as design progresses.

A design development takeoff is able to examine individual project components in greater detail. For example, a wall assembly now becomes paint, gypsum board, insulation, wood framing, sheathing and stucco.


Architectural plans are nearing completion and preliminary structural and MEP drawings have been provided. There are often multiple iterations of design development drawings and specifications.


Refine scope of work and create a detailed bill of materials.

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Take-offs can be used as a measure of control to ensure that nothing gets left out as the project moves closer to being construction-ready.

The final stage of design and the most detailed level of takeoff. All design elements are broken down into individual components. A wood framed wall now becomes a bottom plate, studs and double top plates.


Plans and specifications approved for construction are complete and a detailed finish schedule has been provided.


Create a bill of materials that can be used for purchasing, quality control of contractor bids, and progress tracking.

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A takeoff at the construction document stage removes guesswork from quantity calculations. Accurate CD-level takeoffs allow contractors to compile detailed bids that lead to reduced costs and material waste while improving transparency.