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Meet Chris Caligari and Diana Rubino of CostPro in Post Office Square

Today we’d like to introduce you to Chris Caligari and Diana Rubino.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Born in Liverpool, England my love of numerical problem solving led me to an education in mathematics and its applications at the University of Wales Institute of Science & Technology, Cardiff, Wales. A summer job with my local county changed my life when I read the flip side of the scrap paper I was given there. It was a Bill of Quantities for a major construction project which I found fascinating. I went on to study Quantity Surveying at Southampton College of Technology, Southampton, England and have enjoyed working in that unique field which combines elements of construction estimating, economics and law ever since.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The biggest challenge was at the outset. We managed the Boston Office of MMP International, a Washington D.C. based firm that went bankrupt while developing a building in Georgetown just as the market crashed there. We had to quickly establish our own Boston office to serve our Boston based clients. Going so rapidly and unexpectedly from employees to Owners was a huge challenge.

Of course, every major recession has its trials and tribulations. Finding enough work so that you don’t have to lay anyone off, going unpaid for lengthy periods, not getting paid at all if a client goes under can all be very tough to work through.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about CostPro – what should we know?
CostPro is a professional consulting firm skilled in project management, construction cost management, and critical path scheduling. From the earliest planning stages to project completion, we respond to the concerns confronting you in today’s marketplace. We have complete in-house resources to provide cost estimates, market surveys and analysis, feasibility studies, risk analysis, value management, life-cycle costing, constructability reviews, procurement and contract advice, construction cash flow forecasting, and project oversight. CostPro delivers maximum value for every dollar invested. Our approach to design and construction cost control ensures that the completed project fulfills all financial, functional and aesthetic expectations.

Most of our work is construction cost estimating working with Architects and Government Agencies, City, State and Federal to ensure designs are within budget when they go out to bid. We’ve done a lot of Schools and Hospitals all across the country and a great many other project types too.

Our mission is to do our part to build a better future by helping designers maximize value for every dollar invested in a building for its end users. I see accuracy as the key; an overpriced estimate takes funds away from where they’re needed, underpriced estimates lead to overbids, canceled projects or costly delays and redesign. I want children to have everything their school district can afford for them in a new school. I don’t want to see a VA hospital lose ICU beds through erosion of buying power as inflation eats at the budget during a lengthy redesign and rebid process.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Looking at the person or firm who hires our Company and seeing a Client, not a revenue stream. Doing the best job we’re capable of for them regardless of profit or loss. That’s how you build long-term relationships, get repeat work and referrals. Do that well and the finances take care of themselves for the most part.

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