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5 FEE TABLES
Fee Schedule Concept
What Does An Architect's Fee Include?
Fee As A Percentage Of Construction Cost
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Architectural Fee As A Percent Of Construction Cost
Practice Tip - Estimating Design Fees
I call it FeeCalqs
FeeCalqs is a workbook of linked spreadsheets that makes it very simple to calculate an architectural fee for just about any project.
- Project may be large or small
- Project may be any Building Group
- Your Scope Of Services may be unique
- The Project may be complex - more than one Use Group, or a combination of Project Types (New, Renovation, Remodeling, Addition)
- Includes a labor budget for design - indispensable for checking adequacy of fee
- Based on customizable fee tables
- Requires less than an hour to get a good idea of a realistic fee
Here is how it works...
You need to know approximate sizes and construction costs. The client should know this but I often had to determine this myself. In which case I would make those assumptions part of the proposal.
You will notice that you can have three different ’Use Groups’. Things are rarely simple. The scenario that led to three Use Groups was a parochial school addition and a church undercroft renovation plus a new undercroft entrance addition.
This part of the fee calculation process looks up a fee for each Use Group and calculates the fee for that Use Group. In the next step the total construction cost is divided by the total fee to get the appropriate fee percentage for the total project. Here is a Sample Fee Table.
By specifying how much of each phase you plan to provide, you are modifying the fee you developed in the first step. You further define how much engineering you are including. There is also a place to add special considerations.
Now you have THE FEE.
In this step you can evaluate whether the fee is appropriate for the work you anticipate doing. To make this budget as realistic as possible you can estimate the percentage participation of each member of your design team.
This also becomes the budget that you monitor your performance with. In Harvest for instance.
I have used and improved FeeCalqs for over 25 years. It is the same steps that I used to calculate a fee with pencil, paper, calculator and fee tables. The linked spreadsheets makes it much simpler. Soon you will be determining an appropriate fee in minutes instead of hours.
Every project is unique. Now your fee is just as unique.
Fully customizable fee calculations!