RSMeans Overview

RSMeans Overview

RSMeans is the industry source for accurate and expert information on materials, labor and construction costs.  Localized, simple, always reliable, and backed by expert cost engineers, RSMeans has been the most trusted cost information source in North America for over 70 years. RSMeans cost estimating data makes it easy to keep reliable information at your fingertips. RSMeans keeps track of the costs for you, along with a wide range of other key information, including costs for more than 900 cities in the U.S. and Canada, productivity rates, crew composition, and contractor’s overhead and profit rates. You’ll have access to over 20 data sets in book, online, CD-ROM and ebook formats.


More data than ever at your fingertips

Introducing a new solution for Job Order Contracting utilizing a newly developed procurement dataset powered by RSMeans. This innovative procurement cost data includes notes, modifiers and detailed tasks descriptions for common construction tasks with corresponding pre-set unit prices based on a city cost index. 

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RSMeans Online

Construction professionals from all corners of the industry use RSMeans Online to find and validate local or national construction costs, build complete estimates, or get quick, conceptual estimates for a variety of building types. With access to more than 85,000 up-to-date unit price line items, construction assemblies, and square foot building models, RSMeans is the go-to-source for the latest costs, anywhere in the U.S. and Canada. Try it free for 30 days.

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Seminars & Training

Designed for construction professionals, RSMeans educational programs are aimed at improving cost estimating, project management, administration and facilities management skills. Seminars are intensive one- and two-day programs complete with workbooks, reference materials and instructors with decades of experience.

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Enterprise Solutions

RSMeans works for federal agencies, program managers, commercial real estate owners, insurers and contractors throughout the US and internationally—providing building cost models, quantifying preventative maintenance investments and capital replacement values, and analyzing lifecycle costs.

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Analytical Tools

Predict both the needs of new construction as well as existing facilities and building systems. RSMeans’ robust database and online applications provide reliable cost models in minutes, customized to any geographic location in the U.S. and Canada.

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  • Los Angeles County is the most populous county in the United States, with a population of almost 10 million. The County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works has used its JOC program to successfully complete thousands of projects in various departments, including work at hospitals, courthouses, dams and fire stations.

    Mike Hansen

    The County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works

    Los Angeles, CA

  • The United States Postal Service (USPS) processes 40% of the world’s mail volume at its 31,000 retail offices. USPS uses its Gordian JOC program to accomplish the repair and alteration of USPS facilities, including HVAC replacement, roof repairs, painting, interior retrofits, electrical repairs, energy efficiency upgrades and emergency response projects.

    Mike Hansen

    United States Postal Service


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