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ICAN/ATEX: Is there a formula to figure out my bid?

January 28, 2014

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Tuesday’s Question:ICANATEX Logo

My partner and I did a walk-through of a 78,200 sq. ft. medical building.

Office size varies. Some office space is vacant.

There are currently 22 offices occupied. Not sure what is supplied yet.

I am yet to speak with the building owner.

However, I would like to know what the formula is for figuring out the bid. 3 employees, myself included.

They require vacuuming, mopping, dusting, wiping off counters, toilets, sink, mirrors, window sills and trash removal. Replace soap, towels in 6 public restrooms.

Tuesday’s Answer:

There is no formula. We all wish it were that easy.

However, your major costs will be labor related, so let’s talk about that.

78,200/3 gives you 26,067 sq. ft. to be covered by each of the 3 workers.

Each of the 3 would then be responsible for 3258 sq. ft. each hour of an 8 hour shift. In my opinion, this is a bit high a production rate for medical, but I cannot be dogmatic on that because I have no idea of what is open hallway and what is congested space with high usage.

I don’t know what floor covering is where.

I have no idea of the traffic in and out of the facility.

If you pay $12 per hour for labor, your nightly charge ... Lynn E. Krafft, ICAN/ATEX editor

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