Construction Estimator

About Bonaventure: 

Founded in 1999, Bonaventure is a private real estate development company headquartered in Alexandria, VA. Bonaventure specializes in multifamily development, design, construction, property and asset management primarily in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern US. The company is fully integrated to oversee every phase of the development or acquisition process and to manage our properties to Peak Performance.  With over $3.0 billion in transactions and 30+ properties under management, Bonaventure is on an accelerated path to becoming a Top 10 producer of multi-family properties and a top quartile alternative asset management firm.

Summary of Position:

Responsible for generating accurate cost estimates for new multifamily development and renovation projects for both Bonaventure and select third-party clients.  Conducts drawing review, materials take-offs, solicits subcontractor and vendor pricing, establishes trade scopes of work, conducts bid solicitation and assists project team in writing contracts.  Develops progress budgets at different stages of design and tracks value optimization option.  Experience in wood-frame and concrete podium multifamily construction experience is a plus.  Can be based in Richmond or Virginia Beach, VA. 

What You’ll Do:

  • Review construction documents at different design phases and prepare accurate estimates of construction.
  • Complete accurate and complete material take-offs for select scopes of work including lumber, building claddings, windows, roofing, finishes and other systems.  (NOTE:  Bonaventure direct purchases several material components.)
  • Produce value optimization logs and track.
  • Develop detailed scopes of work for each trade prior to bidding work.
  • Reconciles scopes of work to compare trade bids.
  • Estimate general conditions and general requirements budgets.
  • Interfaces with the Investments team on milestone budgets and cost options.
  • Coordinate with the Materials team on trends and options for substitution.
  • Research and conduct out-reach to subcontractors in both local and new market.
  • Offer technical expertise to the in-house design team for consideration.
  • Enter and update progress tracking information into the tracking system
  • Travel, on occasion, as may be necessary for meetings and to meet with subcontractors in new markets.

Who You Are:

  • Education:  Bachelor’s in Construction Management, Architecture or Architectural Engineering, Engineering or other related fields.
  • Technology:   Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, and Outlook), On-Screen Takeoff (OST) or PlanSwift, Procore and estimating software usage.
  • Experience:   At least three years of estimating with some wood-frame multifamily project experience.  Highly skilled in quantity take-off and accurate estimate development with oversight.   Superb capabilities to fully understand construction documents and specifications.
  • Compatible with Bonaventure’s Culture and Core Values. 
  • Exhibits critical thinking, judgment, decision-making, follow-up, social awareness, mathematics knowledge, reading and writing proficiency, motivation, timeliness, stress tolerance, superb communication (oral and written). 

Why you should choose a Bonaventure Career:

Our Culture 

  • You would join a dynamic team of “A” players who are driven to success through accountability, opportunity, and rewards for performance  
  • A highly engaged workforce who collaborate with stunning colleagues (YOU!), focused on outcome, supported by data 
  • You will succeed through living our Core Values. This is our heartbeat, our focal point to ensure we all remain true to Bonaventure and the long-term vision 
  • You join a team intensive towards continuous improvement utilizing radical transparency and honest conversations on successes and opportunities 

Our Growth 

  • We offer diverse services and derive revenue from multiple sources strengthening our fiscal presence 
  • The need for our portfolio of businesses is rapidly expanding in markets we are in and markets we are entering – our services are in high demand 
  • Bonaventure is on an accelerated grow path to become a Top 10 NMHC producer of multifamily projects.  Current projections are for 2500+ units per year with nearly $1billion in the development pipeline.

Our People 

  • As we have grown, our employees have been provided with numerous opportunities and avenues for growth 
  • We are a driven team of professionals that like to win 
  • We are opportunity and solution focused 
  • All employees have quarterly conversations with their supervisors to discuss fit with core values and what parts of the job and performance are working or not working 
  • We are committed to Inclusion and Diversity for all employees, vendors, applicants and customers, celebrating the differences and similarities of one humankind 

EOS (Entrepreneurial Operating System) 

  • Ensures alignment, transparency and clarity about our long-term vision and how we will get there 
  • Summarizes vision, core values and future plans in two pages 
  • Defines roles and responsibilities of every job in the organization 

Our Benefits 

  • Comprehensive Benefit Plans (Medical, Dental, Vision, Flex, Insurance Options)
  • Four weeks of Paid Time Off and Seven Paid Holidays 
  • 401k 
  • Bonuses for Excellent Performance
  • Highly Competitive wages 

Our Core Values:  

  • Growth - We create enduring value by continuously moving forward, innovating, and improving.  
  • Attitude - We display and motivate others with our positive attitude and driven work ethic.  
  • Collaboration - We do our best work when we work together. Every individual is encouraged to contribute because our next great idea can come from anyone.  
  • Impact - Our effort produces measurable, meaningful results.  
  • Accountability - We take personal ownership for our actions, commitments, and performance.  
  • Reputation - Nothing is more important than our reputation.  

Bonaventure is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Prohibits Discrimination and Harassment of Any Kind: Bonaventure is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at Bonaventure are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. Bonaventure will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics. Bonaventure encourages applicants of all ages.

Full time
Salary Range
$52,000.00 - 81,000.00
per Year
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Richmond, VA 23214, US
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