Hermanson Construction Cost Index - Q4 2019

Feb 7, 2020 | Source: Hermanson Marketing | Mechanical Construction Cost Index

Many of Hermanson’s clients – both owners and general contractors – continuously seek to understand the trends impacting Mechanical Construction Cost.

Hermanson’s Estimating team has long tracked key construction cost indicators as part of our continuous effort to provide accurate costing information. Now, every quarter, we are publishing a basic Mechanical Construction Cost Index to help our clients understand mechanical market conditions and to plan their projects.

Hermanson’s Mechanical Construction Cost Index is based on a comprehensive, representative PNW region project. A complete estimate for this baseline project was completed is Q4 2017, and is updated with current pricing following the end of each quarter. Through Q4 2019, an overall increase of 1.6% was realized. Factors that influenced this decrease:


  • 5% Drop in Steel Pricing
  • 12% Increase in Copper Pricing
  • 8% Drop in Galvanized Sheet Metal
  • 15% Increase in PVC Pricing
  • 4% Decrease in Cast Iron Pricing
  • Equipment & Fixtures remained Level


Hermanson’s baseline project estimate contains Puget Sound pricing the following components:


  • Labor

  • Material

    • PVC

    • Cast Iron

    • Copper & Steel Threaded Pipe

    • Restroom Fixtures


  • Labor

  • Material

    • Ductwork

    • Pump

    • Copper & Steel Threaded Pipe

    • Exhaust Fan

    • Accessories