Alena’s Intern Experience–Pricing

As my summer internship in estimating continues on, I can’t believe how much I am learning! I was so excited to find out that we were awarded the MoDOT bridge project that will be built on the Highway 47, crossing the Missouri River. Since I helped on this bid during my first week of work, it’s awesome that I was able to play a part in our company obtaining this project.

I have been very busy updating our estimating unit-price software. Basically, every item that we unit-price on a project estimate is contained within the system. Since prices change from year to year and city to city, we have to update these prices every couple of years in order to stay accurate with our bid pricing. It is definitely one of the biggest spreadsheets I’ve ever worked on! However, I get to work with a variety of people in the estimating department, so I am enjoying that aspect of the project. It has also shocked me in regards to the pricing of certain items. For example, I had no idea how much an elevator costs, and also how many options there are. I am much more aware of how project prices get so high so fast. I am looking forward to gaining more knowledge about pricing and also getting to work more closely with others through this project.

Additionally, I have been doing some research for upcoming projects that we will potentially be bidding on and also attending meetings in relation to development and leadership training. I’ve also found a new home in the marketing department. One of the best parts about headquarters is that everyone can see outside from their cubicle. I enjoy the natural light and it definitely makes my day a little brighter!