Senior Estimator - Forest City Realty Trust

March 02, 2018

Forest City Realty Trust

San Francisco, California 94103

Forest City Realty Trust, Inc. is a NYSE-listed national real estate company engaged in commercial and residential real estate throughout the United States. Forest City Associates are committed to creating superior communities where people LIVE, WORK, SHOP and STAY!

We are searching for a talented Senior Estimator to be based out of our regional office located in San Francisco, California. This position is responsible for the preparation of cost estimates for various projects and participation in the preparation of contractors' bid packages, bid review, estimate analysis and award discussions. Assist in the review and processing of change orders. Top candidates will possess experience in conceptual estimating, contractor bidding and contract / change order negotiation.

As a leading developer and manager of mixed-use, commercial and multi-family housing, Forest City offers challenging professional opportunities. As a Senior Estimator in our San Francisco office, the chosen candidate will be a valuable partner in projects to include:

Pier 70 is a former shipyard on San Francisco's eastern waterfront. Our master development area of 28 acres is a mixed-use project, which is expected to include 3.2 million total square feet, consisting of 900,000 to 1.8 million square feet of office space, approximately 360,000 square feet of traditional retail, local production, and cultural/community uses, 1,000 to 2,000 residential units, approximately 2,000 parking spaces and 7 acres of waterfront parks.

5M is a fully entitled, mixed-use project in downtown San Francisco. The project is comprised of an office building of approximately 633,000 square feet and an apartment building with approximately 295 residential units. 5M would create significant new open spaces for the neighborhood. The project is designed to house a dynamic ground-floor mix featuring local retail and arts, cultural and community uses.

At Forest City, we are thoughtful in social responsibility and pride ourselves in fostering an inclusive and dynamic workplace that provides opportunities for continuous growth!


  • Prepares estimates at various stages of design from conceptual through construction documents.
  • Reviews plans for constructability and value engineering opportunities.
  • Prepares contractors' bid packages, bid review, cost estimate analysis and award discussions; works closely with the Senior Project Manager or Director of Construction at the bidding and award stage and the Contract Manager in the preparation and review of cost proposals.
  • Reviews and participates in the negotiation of change proposals submitted by the Contractors, ensuring that all costs are reasonable and considered as additional scope of work.
  • Reviews and verifies change proposal/change order logs are in accordance with the cost report that has been prepared for the cost forecasts.
  • Perform cost studies as directed. Works with contractors on value engineering with the goal of pursuing cost effective designs.
  • Verifies accuracy of field quantities issued by the contractors and performs actual quantity checks in the field as required.
  • Review accuracy of proposals.


  • This position requires an Undergraduate Degree in Engineering, Construction Management, or related discipline.
  • 10+ years of estimating and construction in commercial and/or residential markets experience.
  • Required skills for the position include: self-motivated, team-player, communication, interpersonal, and Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Other required skills include: the ability to effectively prioritize in a fast-moving environment and close attention to detail.
  • This position requires up to 10% travel.


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