How much will our project cost?

While the cost of building construction paid to the contractor represents a majority of the project budget, additional expenses such as fees, furnishings, permits are also required. There are rules of thumb to help estimate the additional expenses you may expect.

Worship Building

Construction cost plus 20% for other owner expenses

Administration, Halls, and Education Buildings

Construction cost plus 15% for other owner expenses

Below is a list of items that may be included in a building project or visit Total Building Project Cost Estimating Worksheet for a spreadsheet tool that will help you manage expenditures during the project.

Construction Costs

  • Demolition
  • New Construction
  • Renovation
  • Contingency
  • Contractor fees & expenses

Professional Fees

  • Architectural (including Structural & MEP Engineering)
  • Mechanical Control Specialist
  • Civil Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering/Soils Report
  • Construction Materials Testing
  • Asbestos Survey/Report
  • Asbestos Removal
  • Site Topographic Survey/Platting
  • Code & Permit Expediter
  • Landscape Architect
  • IT Consultant
  • A/V or Acoustical Consultant
  • Kitchen Consultant


  • Water / Sewer Impact Fees
  • Landscaping, Irrigation, Fencing
  • Audio / Visual Systems
  • Phone System
  • Security System
  • Data Cabling
  • Signage & Graphics Furnishings
  • Art Glass
  • Artwork/ Religious articles and furnishings
  • Tables, Desks, Chairs, Marker Boards
  • Computers, Copier, Storage Goods
  • Appliances
  • Window Treatments
  • Pre-Fabricated Interiors
  • Playground Equipment
  • Kitchen Equipment Permit, Review, & Inspection
  • Building Permits
  • Texas Accessibility Review / Final Inspection