There are only 3 ways to calculate the architectural fee for a project.
List all the tasks that the project requires, and estimate the time that each task will take. The typical project has over 500 tasks.
Research the architectural fees and profitability of similar past project, and interpolate the fee for this project. Unfortunately projects are rarely very similar.
Use fee tables to look up the value of the project in question.
FeeCalqs uses architectural fee tables - but improves on the typical use of this method by making it digital.
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
Project may have a unique Scope Of Services
Project may be complex - more than one Building Group, or a combination of Project Types (New, Renovation, Remodeling, Addition)
Project has Design Budget calculated for you - indispensable for checking adequacy of fee
Project fees are based on customizable fee tables
Project fee requires less than an hour to get a realistic fee
FeeCalqs 2.0 has 7 appendices to help you understand fees and 3 new ways to customize the fee tables to fit your unique needs.
Here's How FeeCalqs Works - The Project
First - Enter data about the project. You need to know approximate sizes and construction costs. The client should give you this. If you have to determine this yourself, make your assumptions part of the proposal.
You will notice that you can have three different ’Use Groups’. Things are rarely simple. FeeCalqs has the real world covered. Easily accomodate 'Hybrid' Projects.
This part of the architectural fee calculation process looks up a fee for each Use Group and calculates the architectural fee for that Use Group. In the next step the total construction cost is divided by the total architectural fee to get the appropriate architectural fee percentage for the total project.
Next - The Scope Of Work
Second - Choose what is included in your scope of work. By specifying how much of each phase you plan to provide, you are modifying the architectural 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. Learn more about Customizing Your Scope of Work.
At this point you have THE FEE.
Last - Your Design Budget
Third - Check the adequacy of the architecturalfee by allocating the fee to each phase as a labor budget.
In this step you can evaluate whether the architectural fee is appropriate for the work you anticipate doing. The allocation is made automatically for you based on your previous entries. To make this budget as realistic as possible you can estimate the percentage participation of each member of your design team. Learn about Verifying Architectural Fees.
This becomes the budget that you monitor your performance with.
Determine an appropriate architecturalfee in minutes instead of hours (days?).