More information please. Private client or public/institutional? Industrial project with lot’s of open square footage on a single for or some type of school or office with multiple stories, lot’s of interior spaces, mechanical, zones, etc?
I didn’t get a notification when you followed up so sorry for the late reply. For me, I would propose 5% inclusive of MEP, FP, and Structural or 3.75% for architecture only. The beauty of this is that in my experience the engineering will run 30% to 33% of the overall fee. So… give up 25% to save 33% and the client thinks they’re saving money.
And yes, that’s a $1 million fee. Just be worth it.
Thanks Wayne, pretty much what I was thinking too, but I like your “give up 25% to save 33%”. I didn’t get this project – client changed their mind about the whole thing, but starting to bid out many more large projects, which is a new ballgame for me. Just did a proposal for an assisted living, my fee was 5.35% excluding engineers, and the project is just an addition to an existing facility, so relatively simple building. I can probably tweak it down to 4%, if I reduce scope, no idea if they’ll bite on the negotiation or not. Doing another small project for the owners right now which is a bit of a monkey’s fist to get them to sign on for the larger one.