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Preconstruction Manager / Estimator

Colorado Springs, CO

Nunn Construction is seeking a motivated and detail oriented individual, looking for a long-term position, who takes pride in their work product and relationships. Our ideal candidate is a self-starter with excellent communication skills. This person must be detail-oriented, able to balance multiple tasks and thrive in a deadline-driven environment.

We invest in our people because it creates a working environment where we get things done – and we get them done well. We are driven by integrity, hard work and trust to maintain our legacy of quality building projects that serve our community. Working at Nunn is more than just collecting a paycheck. Nunn has comprehensive career development plans for all departments, where our employees’ ambition and hard work is recognized and supported with personal and professional growth opportunities. At Nunn, we also stress the importance of strong social connections amongst staff in cultivating a healthy and productive work environment. We host monthly team building activities and annual service opportunities to build a stronger team and relationships outside of work. We believe in supporting each other and our community!

Nunn Construction, Inc. is a Construction Manager/General Contractor specializing in commercial building projects that matter to our community. Headquartered in Colorado Springs, with an office in Durango and Pueblo, Nunn is a customer focused company offering comprehensive knowledge and expertise of the Colorado marketplace. Come be a part of a dynamic, growing team.

This is a full-time position in our Colorado Springs office. The primary purpose of the Preconstruction Manager/Estimator is to lead and manage the preconstruction phase and bid process on assigned projects. The Preconstruction Manager/Estimator reports directly to the Chief Estimator, Senior Estimator or President depending on specific projects.  


This position encompasses a variety of responsibilities that include:

  • Conduct themselves in alignment with the Nunn Core Values
  • Coordinate with junior estimators, designers, operations management staff, and owner’s representatives for coordination of preconstruction services to deliver projects at the lowest reasonable cost in compliance with contract documents and quality measures.
  • Assist in determining project feasibility
  • Prepare accurate project cost estimates at all phases of the design process based on the nature and extent of the scope of work. Collaborate with the design team to meet the project budget and minimize costs while meeting project requirements.
  • Review design documents at all stages of design to determine both the nature of scope and work to be performed.
  • Lead the value engineering effort to provide cost savings ideas to the owner.
  • Coordinate with the preconstruction and project teams to provide constructability reviews during all phases of design
  • Participate in OAC pre-construction meetings. Manage the preparation of documents and meeting minutes for pre-construction meetings as necessary.
  • Coordinate with the preconstruction and project teams to produce and maintain detailed preconstruction schedules during all phases of design.
  • Verify material lead times for project pre-construction schedule creation.
  • Lead the research process of subcontractor pool for assigned projects out of typical market.
  • Ensure adherence to subcontractor prequalification requirements prior to the award of any subcontract
  • Perform and/or manage the quantity takeoff process as needed for assigned projects.
  • Perform and/or manage the field verification process as needed for assigned projects.
  • Manage the bid solicitation process and answering of subcontractor bid related questions
  • Create and maintain subcontractor bid documents
  • Manage the subcontractor pre-bid meetings as well as the preparation of documents and meeting minutes for pre-bid meetings
  • Perform and/or manage the process of receiving and reviewing subcontractor/supplier bids for complete scope.
  • Perform subcontractor post-bid interviews to vet out subcontractor proposals, scope, and labor force before subcontract award.
  • Create detailed client proposal document(s) and accurately depict project scope to owners and project stakeholders.
  • Lead and manage a hard bid process.
  • Coordinate and lead the project hand off process from the preconstruction department to the operations department to insure project information is being transferred properly
  • Perform and/or manage data entry for Nunn’s project cost history software
  • Support business development by maintaining client relationships, offering technical expertise and advice during the entire timeline from opportunity, to pursuit, and execution of awarded contract.
  • Participate in project award interviews.
  • Attend and participate in company business meetings, industry events, and conferences to promote Nunn Construction in and around its target markets.
  • Comply with all work-related deadlines


Minimum Qualifications and Skills:

  • A minimum of 4 years of applicable estimating or construction management experience
  • Candidate must have no more than 2 employers in 5 years and no more than 3 employers in 10 years.
  • Experience with commercial construction projects with project costs from 1 to 10 million minimum, 1 million to 40 million preferred.
  • Experience with managing design, estimating, and project management with CM/GC and design/build projects
  • Proficient with scheduling, estimating, and bid solicitation software and ability to proficiently learn software systems (Timberline, iSqFt, PlanSwift)
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Programs (Word/Excel)
  • Strong attention to detail, organization skills, controlled sense of urgency, and the ability to manage multiple/competing priorities

Leadership Skills:

  • Takes ownership and accountability
  • Fosters teamwork
  • Serves as an example to others


  • Is a good promoter of all things Nunn Construction, both internally and externally
  • Process strong communication and interpersonal skills and be confident in his/her ability to assist in managing the entire preconstruction process


Preferred Qualifications and Skills:

  • Strong attention to detail, organization skills, controlled sense of urgency, and the ability to manage multiple/competing priorities
  • Effective presentation skills
  • Team focused with initiative to work individually on specific tasks
  • Disciplined work ethic
  • Service attitude
  • Ability to consistently meet deadlines



  • Medical/Vision & Dental – eligible first of the month after 60 days of employment ​
  • Healthcare and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • Paid Time Off (PTO) – 3 weeks per year of PTO once accrued at 2.31 hours per week, beginning at time of employment
  • Paid Holidays – New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving (2), Christmas
  • 401(K) Retirement Savings Plan – eligible the first month after six months ​of employment. Company match is 100% of the first 4% of salary (and bonus). Employee deferrals and company match are 100% vested.
  • Short/Long Term Disability – eligible the first month after six months of employment.
  • Fiscal Year End Bonus – Normally 0-15% of annual salary dependent on profitability of company and individual performance. First year bonus will be prorated based on months of service.


If this level of challenge excites you, please apply online below. Upload your resume and cover letter – labeled with ‘your name and Preconstruction Manager/Estimator Position.’ Salary Range for this position is $70-90K, depending on experience.


Nunn Construction is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.