Late in 2020, I accepted the “interesting but daunting task to design the remodel of the existing Memorial Medical Center in Neillsville to be a 35-40 unit multi-family rental,” but I didn’t look closely enough!! The Memorial Medical Center turned out to be 600’ long, 2-1/2 stories that will become 102 apartments, a coffee shop and workout center. It was a difficult task to convert six big rolls of paper drawings to CAD drawings because the plans were old, or copies of old plans that were torn and illegible, that took at least 250 hours before I could start to design apartments. Redesigning the building interior and some exterior work to become a 102-unit multi-family building was more than 400 hours to get state approval that I accomplished by mid-October so construction, projected to be 1½ years has begun. During this 18-month period, I was unable to accept other projects unless they were contractor clients who had to be taken care of. Once the plan was submitted, I was able to catch with other work, that included multiple home plans for Kingdom Homes by JR Construction, and for individual clients, a small restroom remodel plan for the Chestnut Center in Marshfield, a cooler addition plan for the After Hours Bar in Marshfield, a loading dock addition plan and state approval for Seehafer Refrigeration, Marshfield, and multiple cabin plans for Brooks Outdoor Sales in central and northern Wisconsin.

New work in progress for 2021 includes a new shop and office plan and state approval for Mid Wisconsin Concrete & Excavating LLC in Spencer, state approval for a stage and classroom addition and remodel for Faith Fellowship church in Marshfield that I began planning in 2019, a 12-unit multi-family plan in rural western Wisconsin, a four-season room addition near Marshfield and a new home plan for Loyal.

* 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 updated the BlueBeam Revu PDF program to enhance PDF’ing and printing building plans.

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