1 September 1997
Appendix D contains a checklist for cost estimate
preparation. Appendix E contains an overview of
estimates. Reproducible blank forms are included at
the end of this document.
This document establishes uniform guidance to
describe methods, procedures, and formats for the
1-6. Program Specific Requirements
preparation of construction cost estimates for U. S.
Army Corps of Engineers projects. Guidance is also
a. Overall cost engineering policy, guidance, and
provided for the preparation of estimates for
procedures for all projects assigned to USACE for
project/construction contract modifications.
civil works, military programs, and HTRW programs
are provided in Engineer Regulation (ER) 1110-1-
1300. Additional guidance is provided in specific
cost engineering regulations as specified in the
This manual applies to all U. S. Army Corps of
following paragraphs. Further supplemental
Engineers commands having military construction,
guidance is referenced in Engineer Federal
civil works, and HTRW design responsibility.
Acquisition Regulations System (EFARS), Part 36.
Supplemental guidance is also provided in ER 5-7-1
References cited in this manual are listed in appendix
b. Civil Works. The appropriate guidance is
provided in ER 1110-2-1302. Further, Public Law
(PL) 95-269 requires that no works of river and
harbor improvement will be done by private contract
if the contract price is more than 25 percent in excess
This document addresses all phases of construction
of the estimated comparable cost of doing the work by
cost estimating from planning phases through
Government plant or more than 25 percent in excess
modification estimates during construction. The term
of a fair and reasonable estimated cost (without
construction includes remedial action environmental
profit) of a well-equipped contractor doing the work.
projects, dredging and other construction type work
often implemented as service contracts. For the
c. Military. The appropriate guidance
purposes of this document, the term cost engineer
is provided in ER 1110-3-1300. Further guidance is
applies to all individuals, whether employed by the
provided in Army Regulation (AR) 415-15. The
Government or under contract to the Government,
Chief of Engineers is responsible for design,
who are engaged in the preparation or review of cost
including preparation of construction cost estimates
and construction of Army facilities, unless the
responsibilities are otherwise assigned. The Chief of
Engineers is also responsible for preparing and
supporting budget estimates for construction financed
The information in this document is arranged by
with Military Construction Army (MCA) funds.
chapters. Contents in each chapter begin with
information and instructions common to all
d. Hazardous, Toxic, and Radioactive Waste.
programs. The last paragraph of each chapter is used
The appropriate guidance for HTRW is provided in
for program specific requirements, i.e., military, civil
ER 1110-3-1301. This includes cost estimates for
works, and HTRW programs. Therefore, the cost
engineer should first become familiar with the
Program (DERP), Base Realignment and Closure
common guidance and then refer to the program
specific guidance. Appendix B contains sample
work for others.
estimate pages. Appendix C contains the work
breakdown structure for civil, military, and HTRW.