BSD CostLink/AE Building Models

The 77 commercial building cost models provided with CostLink/AE provide a convenient way to build an estimate early in a project, before any of the major systems have been selected. By adjusting quantities and substituting assemblies and line items for those assumed by the model, your estimate then can be refined as the project design is developed.

  • Pick one of the 77 building models that is similar to your project.
  • Select the frame and enclosure systems.
  • Enter the gross area and building perimeter.
  • Select optional additive items from a list appropriate to your building type.
  • If necessary, adjust project location and various mark-ups.
  • CostLink/AE then automatically generates an instant cost estimate, which you can immediately view or print.
  • Refinements can be made by modifying quantities, by inserting additional or substitute items, and by changing mark-ups and other variables.

BSD CostLink/AE includes RS Means Commercial Cost Models for 77 different building types. These models make possible the generation of detailed cost estimates very early in a project. Furthermore, the estimates can be refined as the project design develops by adjusting quantities and substituting materials and systems for those used in the model. If the cost estimate is adjusted periodically to remain coordinated with changes in the project design, the final cost estimate should be a reliable predictor of actual project cost.

The RS Means models included in CostLink/AE are constructed of up to 75 separate assemblies, and each assembly comprises 1 to 25 tasks and/or material components. The models operate through use of a series of formulas that calculate the quantity of each assembly and the quantity of the member tasks in each assembly, based on a small number of key parameters such as gross building area, length of perimeter, and number of floors. These parameters, which are adjustable by the user, are used by the formulas to project assembly quantities such as exterior closure area, slab on grade area, roof area, etc.

The models included are listed below. Read more about how estimating using models in CostLink/AE works...

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Note: Some building types are shown in more than one category.

  • Apartment, 1-3 Story
  • Apartment, 4-7 Story
  • Apartment, 8-24 Story
  • Fraternity/Sorority House
  • Nursing Home
  • Auditorium
  • College Classroom, 2-3 Story
  • College Dormitory, 2-3 Story
  • College Dormitory, 4-8 Story
  • College Laboratory
  • College Student Union
  • Fraternity/Sorority House
  • Gymnasium
  • Library
  • School, Elementary
  • School, High, 2-3 Story
  • School, Jr High, 2-3 Story
  • School, Vocational
Health/Day Care
  • Assisted Senior Living Facility
  • Day Care Center
  • Hospital, 2-3 Story
  • Hospital, 4-8 Story
  • Medical Office, 1 Story
  • Medical Office, 2 Story
  • Nursing Home
  • Outpatient Surgical Center
  • Veterinary Hospital
  • Bank
  • Computer/Data Center
  • Funeral Home
  • Laundromat
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurant, Fast Food
  • Store, Convenience
  • Store, Department, 1 Story
  • Store, Department, 3 Story
  • Store, Retail
  • Supermarket
  • Telephone Exchange
  • Veterinary Hospital
  • Medical Office, 1 Story
  • Medical Office, 2 Story
  • Office, 1 story
  • Office, 2-4 Story
  • Office, 5-10 Story
  • Office, 11-20 Story
Government, Public Facilities
  • Courthouse, 1 Story
  • Courthouse, 2-3 Story
  • Fire Station, 1 Story
  • Fire Station, 2 Story
  • Jail
  • Police Station
  • Post Office
  • Town Hall, 1 Story
  • Town Hall, 2-3 Story
Social Recreation Entertainment
  • Bowling Alley
  • Club, Country
  • Club, Social
  • Community Center
  • Gymnasium
  • Movie Theater
  • Racquetball Court
  • Rink, Hockey/Indoor Soccer
  • Swimming Pool, Enclosed
  • Hotel, 4-7 Story
  • Hotel, 8-24 Story
  • Motel, 1 Story
  • Motel, 2-3 Story
  • Restaurant
  • Church
  • Religious Education
Transportation, Auto
  • Bus Terminal
  • Car Wash
  • Garage, Auto Sales
  • Garage, Parking
  • Garage, Underground Parking
  • Garage, Repair
  • Garage, Service Station
  • Factory, 1 Story
  • Factory, 3 Story
  • Hangar, Aircraft
  • Post Frame Barn
  • Warehouse
  • Warehouse, Mini