To find the most suitable concrete bidding prices, use architecture plans set, A1010 Standard Foundations, A1030 Slab on Grade
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Quick & accurate commercial concrete pricing guide
building square foot

Includes delivery, pouring, placing & finishing concrete.

Length of area in feet x Width of area in feet x Height of area in inches (4″ to 6″ is most common)
  • Determine the ideal concrete thickness
  • Measure the length and width of the area to be covered
  • Multiply the length by the width to determine square footage
  • Multiply the thickness in by the square footage to determine cubic area
In order to find a fair bidding concrete price, most concrete jobs are measured in cubic yards instead of square feet. When estimating supply add 5% to 10% to account for waste and spills.
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Concrete Prices

Davis Bacon Prevailing wage classification- Cement Mason/Concrete Finisher or Mason Tender – Cement/Concrete

Good concrete prices are calculated as follows:

For pre-mixed concrete in batches of 10 cubic yards or more and includes delivery up to 20 miles. Add $9.50 per mile for delivery over 20 miles.

If your truck isn’t filled to 10 yards, add $53 for every yard you are under 10.

This estimation typically includes 1″ to 1-1/2″ aggregate.

per cubic yard
Slab on Grade

A slab of concrete directly laid on the ground over a prepared surface. The slab is typically 6″ thick, but can change depending on the client’s requirements.

$5 to $10
per square foot 
Short-Load Concrete

A short-load concrete is a commonly used solution used by residential contractors for small to medium-sized projects where the concrete is mixed on-site and the truck is partially filled (not reaching the 10 yards standard).

With a short-load concrete delivery, residential and small business project managers can cover the amount of concrete required for small projects such as sidewalks, retaining walls, steps, footings and small slabs. All these typically need from 1-3 concrete cubic yards.

per cubic yard
Delivery Costs

Delivery costs calculations depend on the project location. If your job site is more than 20 miles away from the mixing plant, expect to pay an additional fee of $9.50 per mile.

Concrete delivery drivers do not pour concrete; they only deliver it. Project managers need to make sure there is a person available to pump the concrete. The usual pouring time is 10 minutes per yard, so a full truck of 10 cubic yards would need 1 hour and 40 minutes to pump.

One full truckload(10 cubic yards )
Prep Work Before Pouring Concrete

Before scheduling your concrete delivery the baseline must undergo extra preparation works such as grading, preparing a subbase, building forms, or installing reinforcements if necessary.

The base that lies beneath your concrete is essential to a successful slab that does not crack. A thorough revision prior to any preparation work should come in handy.

Grading typically costs $60 per hour for a tractor and operator or $1.50 per square foot for grading.

For proper installation, a sub-base or sub-grade of gravel and sand that’s delivered needs to be laid and compacted at $10 to $20 per cubic yard.

Excavation. One cubic yard of dirt will run about  $200.

Cast-in place concrete work of scope

Footings, foundations, concrete columns, concrete beams, thickened edges, concrete pads, thickened slabs, concrete pilasters, compressible fillers, joint sealants, housekeeping pads, PCC pavement, slab-on-grade, concrete over metal deck, elevated concrete slabs, Styrofoam, concrete ramps, reinforcing steel, dowels and epoxy, grout (including structural steel base plates and elevator sills), concrete curing, formwork, chamfer strips, vapor barrier, crack joints, construction joints, expansion joints and accessories.

Concrete Forms

Plywood forming with stakes, nails, and form oil is required to pour concrete.

per linear foot

Concrete reinforcement wire mesh helps with poor soil conditions, prevents large cracks.

40 cents
Per square foot of wire mesh
Equipment Rental Costs

When you haul your own concrete, use pre-mixed bags, or get a short-load delivered, you may need to rent a cement mixer.

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