How much will our project cost?

Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart - Stained Glass Installation

Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart – Stained Glass Installation


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 (Download) 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


  • 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
Mary Queen Catholic Church Friendswood Mural

Mary Queen Catholic Church Friendswood Mural


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