AIA ’19 Overall Experience
The Precision Estimating Services team had a hugely successful booth at this year’s American Institute of Architect’s (AIA) Conference, which was held in Las Vegas, Nevada. There were over 20,000 people in attendance, including architects, material suppliers, out-of-the-box thinkers, and design pioneers. This year’s theme was “Blueprint for a Better Future – Designing a better future means taking on the critical challenges facing cities – and our world – today.”
This was Precision’s first trip to the annual AIA conference, but definitely not the last. The Precision booth focused on displaying the professionalism and caliber of the firm, rather than flashy swag and eye-catching games. On display at the Precision booth were the countless cost estimating projects we have contributed to in the past, sample cost reports, and the friendly staff available to explain the ‘Precision Process’. One of Precision’s Executive Estimators, Karl Vaillancourt, had the following to share, “It was great to meet face to face with our clients and carefully walk them through exactly what we do when putting together a cost report at various design stages. I find it incredibly rewarding when our clients understand and appreciate the value of the time, care, and diligence we put into every project we serve on. I cannot wait to be back at the conference again next year.”
Precision was the only construction cost consultant in attendance at the conference and we felt our services fell directly in line with this year’s theme. That is, that careful project planning and budget forecasting – from project inception – is paramount in order to consistently achieve successful outcomes. Furthermore, with material and labor pricing having skyrocketed in nearly every major US hub, understanding risks associated with each project from the onset is truly a blueprint for success.
It was obvious from Precision’s many interactions with the architecture community that the industry is in dire need of a reputable and reliable cost consultancy. This need was expressed from those who visited the booth, with project locations ranging from Honolulu, Alaska, San Francisco, San Diego, Las Vegas, Dallas and Houston to Kansas City, Auburn, Atlanta, Jacksonville, Chicago, Philadelphia, and New York. No matter who came to the Precision booth, or where they were from, the same message resounded – Design firms and project owners alike need more accurate, more reliable and more data-driven construction cost data at all stages of design.