A Little Bit About Us...
What is "MACC"?
MACC is an acronym for Maximum Allowable Construction Cost.
Maximum allowable construction cost means the maximum cost of the work to construct the project.
- It is a limit established that the project must not exceed.
- It is also the budget that the Architect must design to.
Why are we a "Group"?
We are a group of former contractors who work together professionally. We are not a consultancy firm and we do not identify as “consultants”.
Meet Our Founder
Jim Paras grew up in the family construction business and went to work for Hensel Phelps in California after college. Returning to Spokane some years later, Jim took the entrepreneurial leap and started his own general contracting firm, growing it to 175 employees and running it for 21 years.
During those years the company built a variety of both private and public projects as a general contractor with an emphasis in self-performing heavy structural concrete work.
While much of that work was competitive hard bid, where the lowest number wins, Jim also negotiated work which required interaction with the architect to meet the budget, please the owner, and get the job.
After retiring from contracting, an architect friend asked if Jim would provide construction cost estimating as a service for their projects in design. This became the launchpad for Jim’s estimating business which is a combination of cost estimating and the experience of running a construction company.
The business quickly grew as architects came to realize the value of having a cost estimator with real construction experience on their team. That was when Jim knew he could replicate his efforts.
Today, MACC Estimating Group exists to replicate this service to architects nationwide through its group of former contractors.
Our Team of Estimators
Inside and out, our group understands how the contractor, the architect, and the estimate work together to accomplish the project ahead. Every one of our estimators have been a contractor in this industry for decades, making them an expert in providing the opinions we deliver. Each brings excellence to every conversation, relationship, strategy, and the project as a whole, partnering with our clients to produce accurate, timely, and thorough job estimates.