Melissa estimates designs, fabrication, and installation of the more specialized industry of thematic and custom fabrication.
Melissa Vandermark is an estimator at Adirondack Studios in Argyle, NY. She graduated from the construction management program in 2012 and began working as an estimator for a general contractor. She was able to use her knowledge in estimating software and on screen takeoff software in her position as a junior estimator. In this position she used her education from studying contracts, doing takeoff and calculating productivity at Alfred State to read and pinpoint costly problems in project specifications and contracts to prepare a responsible estimate.
In 2016, she left the competitive world to join Adirondack Studios in estimating the design, fabrication, and installation of the more specialized industry of thematic and custom fabrication. Here she uses her experience in historical cost studies, labor productivity, material costs as well as insurance and bonding requirements to complete $50,000- $50,000,000 estimates for industries like amusement parks, museums, casinos, Broadway productions, and more, both domestically and internationally.
Advice: "There are many industries you can apply a construction management degree to, some of which you may never thought of as your future. Keep an open mind to all your possibilities."