Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
LAT 264
Course Title:
Landscape Estimating and Bidding
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Course Description

Presents methods and mechanics of estimation. Includes interpretation of specifications and drawings, material take-offs, labor, equipment, contingency, and overhead calculations, pricing strategies, production rates, bid procedures, recordkeeping, and computer use. Prerequisites: LAT 236. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

Students will conduct a detailed cost estimate and bid proposal for a landscape installation project and a landscape maintenance project. Thorough knowledge of both landscape installation and landscape maintenance methods is essential.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Understand the difference between costs and prices.
  • Identify all the cost components in an estimate.
  • Understand the importance and the cost of thorough record keeping.
  • Identify different pricing strategies for landscape installation, landscape maintenance, and landscape design.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Written mid-term and final exams
  • Estimation projects and bidding records

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Specifications and Working Drawings
  • Measuring Area and Volume
  • Estimating Materials, Labor, Equipment, and General Conditions
  • Profit, Overhead, and Contingency
  • Installation and Maintenance Contracts
  • Estimating Landscape Maintenance
  • Estimating Design Work
  • Profit Analysis