Bestimate LLC has had an unusual eleventh year in business during 2020, obviously due to COVID-19, but for many reasons: construction nationwide has been busier than expected, but building materials have been hard to get and extremely expensive because of logging and manufacturing shutdowns. Bestimate LLC has turned down many new client’s projects because of the workload for our past clients, like supervision of the Clark County fairgrounds 130’x 214′ post frame beef, hog, and sheep barn construction that required a substantial number of hours; ongoing revision of plans for an engineer stamped freestall barn designed to Natural Resources Conservation Service standards that never seems to end, because the bureaucrats have not approved Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymer (GFRP) Rebar in lieu of steel rebar; and the interesting but daunting task to design the remodel of the existing Neillsville medical center to be a 35-40 unit multi-family rental; and multiple new projects below.

In 2020, Bestimate LLC did two mini-storages for state approved for Kingdom Homes Storage; final plans for Palmer Construction for a very nice “barndominium”; design and state approval to remodel an existing steelframe building into a 6 unit multi-family; preliminary design for a church addition; upscale clerestory roof Shouse plan with large great room and loft including shop drawings for the steel framing; “as built” state approval for two existing steel frame building additions; final design and state approval for an addition to Klingbeil Lumber in Medford; concrete design and state approval for two racking storage buildings for Klingbeil Lumber in Medford; ongoing revised plans and engineering for an engineer stamped freestall barn designed to Natural Resources Conservation Service standards with Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymer (GFRP) Rebar in lieu of steel rebar; upscale residential house plan with basement apartment for Jeff Redetzke Construction; final design and state approval for a new Argonne Lumber retail lumber store in Rhinelander; converting six paper plans for the original Memorial Medical Center hospital in Neillsville to CAD drawings so Bestimate LLC can design the buildings remodel into a 35-40 unit multi-family; rural cabin design for A+ Homecare – Lynn Martin; state approval for Ace Construction to build Bethany Christian School; state approval for a vehicle storage garage for the School District of Laona; state approval for a large commercial manufacturing plant addition for Ace Construction; preliminary design for a small event center in DePere, Wisc., for Jeff Redetzke Construction.

* Bestimate LLC began offering freelance assistance for commercial and agricultural building contractors on August 3, 2009, but by early 2010 began computer aided drafting (CAD) drawing for commercial projects, working for clients, professional engineers, and contractors, using my past experience drawing commercial and non-commercial buildings on computer, including structural and energy calculations. By 2011, as residential retailers and homeowners needed house plans, with my home-center roots and experience, we began to do residential plans for new homes and complex remodel and addition. Past experience in big, complex agricultural buildings brings Bestimate LLC some special agricultural plans to draw, featuring robotic milking and feeding.

* To enhance production, Bestimate LLC upgraded our drafting computer to a Lenovo ThinkPad P17 Mobile Workstation with IntelCore i7-10750H 6 core processor, 32 GB RAM and NVIDIA Quadro® T2000 graphics to run Windows 10, AutoCad LT 2016 drafting program, Strucalc 10.0 structural engineering program used to size concrete footings, columns, beams and joists in wood or steel, and WoodWorks Sizer, a structural engineering program for wood by the American Wood Council. Our home office is also equipped with a HP Design Jet T120 Wide Format Printer and Epson Workforce printer w/ 11×17 capability. We use BlueBeam Revu, and Microsoft Office 2016.

Bestimate LLC has over 40 years of experience in building construction and offers:
*Commercial, residential, and agricultural drafting in AutoCad and sizing of components.
*Commercial, church, residential, and agricultural construction project management and consulting: management and budgets.

Our Mission: We will assist construction clients who need drafting, planning, and project management support using my experience and expertise to assist with a high degree of professionalism.

Bestimate LLC | Bob & Jenni Lewerenz | 714 E 9th St | Marshfield WI 54449 | 715-506-0040 | bob@bestimatellc.com