New Estimating Department allows the entire Bush Construction team to excel

With the help of Chief Estimator Tom Quinn, Bush Construction has created a dedicated Estimating Department to assume the responsibility of estimating and bidding new work.

 Before the official development of this department last year, project managers were estimating all projects while managing their existing projects, splitting their attention between bids and work in progress.

“Project managers had to continually bid jobs and chase new work, but they were often too busy to keep the pipeline full,” said Quinn. “This new department helps Bush Construction keep opportunities flowing through the door.”

President A.J. Loss sees the department as a huge asset to the company, improving efficiency, filling the pipeline and increasing customer satisfaction.

“We’ve had a good year so far. There’s a good flux of new work coming in,” said Loss, “and the department really allows Bush Construction to provide better customer service to the owners and subcontractors we work with. Tom Quinn has developed a great estimating team.”

Quinn was promoted from Project Manager to Senior Estimator at the end of 2013, giving Bush Construction at least one personel who was completely focused on estimating—the very start of the new department.

Joining him in 2014 was former intern and Iowa State University graduate Rob Berger, and, soon after, Jesse Smith was hired out of a subcontracting firm in Peoria to keep up with the increasing workload.

Bush Construction saw the need to expand this department once again at the beginning of 2015. Quinn moved from Senior Estimator to Chief Estimator. John Keener was hired as Senior Estimator and reinforces the estimating team with his 26-years of experience in the construction industry. Marisa Nelson was moved from Project Coordinator to Pre-Construction Coordinator in order to meet the department’s administrative needs, track and update bid information in the CRM software and assemble bid documents and forms.

With a full team behind him, Quinn is able to focus on mentoring his staff and overseeing the day-to-day operations, as well as developing roles, procedures and long-range goals for the estimating team as they support Bush Construction’s continual growth.

“We work as a team in a highly collaborative environment with our project managers, site superintendents and company executives,” said Quinn. “I’m excited to see what the future holds now that our team is in place.”