But all the small building companies around here are calculating by material and man hour. Of course you can have a fixed price offer. But in this case they usually hedge their bets and you end up paying more.
During the last 3 years a had a barn roof exchanged and two single pitch roof halls built and all bidders calculated in material and working hours.
As an expert, can you give us a rough number how much such a roofed wooden bridge (28’ span length, 8’ wide, 5000 pound live load) would cost (including material and fundaments) in your area, if all the work is done by a contractor?
As far as I know, you do not have any formal qualification system comparable to this?
What is PE? The statistics calculation and building plans? You need these here for building permission.
The Japanese seem to be a class of their own...
I can hardly imagine anyone can pay for this quality of work in a high wage country like Japan nowadays. Guess most of the building work there is done by more western standards now.