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Learn how to read blueprints and do a material take-off. Discover short-cut formulas that will speed up the material take-off process. Estimating 3 takes students beyond to the basic construction take-off. Students choose which days to attend – day 1 & 2 or day 2 & 3 or all three days.

1/14/2020 to 1/16/2020
When: January 14-16, 2020
8 AM - 5 PM each day
Where: LaQuinta Madison American Center
5217 E Terrace Drive
Madison, Wisconsin  53718
United States
Contact: Connie Johnson

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If online registration is closed, please contact the NLA office at 763.595.4045 to check on seating availability.


If students are not familiar with interpreting blueprints, using scales and general construction terminology they must take Introduction to Residential Construction and Blueprint Reading prior to attending this workshop.

Estimating 1 - Introduction to Residential Construction & Blueprint Reading 

With an emphasis on how products sold every day are used on the job-site, participants will become familiar with residential construction processes, industry terminology, interpreting house plans, and using scales.

Topics covered include:

  • Product applications from foundation through finish

  • Construction definitions and industry terminology

  • Lumber grades and span tables

  • Building material math – board footage, square footage and applying conversion factors

  • Blueprint reading

  • Using architectural and layout scales

  • Estimating decks and railing


Estimating 2 - Residential Material Take-Off

This session will lead attendees through the process of completing a material take-off of residential structures. Emphasis is placed on developing a consistent method for measuring, and applying formulas to produce an efficient take-off. 

Attendees will receive hands-on experience working on an actual set of drawings.  Instruction will include various construction methods and estimating formulas while working on a basic home design with a trussed gable roof.

Topics covered include:

  • Floor framing

  • Wall construction

  • Roof systems


Estimating 3 – Advanced Residential Material Take-Off

The workshop will progress beyond basic house design and focus on some of the more difficult areas of completing framing take-offs.

Topics covered include:

  • Insulation & wallboard

  • Irregular floor and roof layouts

  • Intersecting roof lines with over-framing including valley and jack rafters

  • Multi-pitched roofs

  • Vaulted walls and ceilings

  • Additional time will be included for doors, windows and millwork

**ESTIMATING 3 cannot be taken as a stand-alone class

Estimating 1 & 2 is the same as the Blueprint Reading & Material Take-off class previously offered by NLA.


Class Registration Fee:

Includes: class workbook, set of blueprints, scales, and lunch.



2 day class - $495 per person


2 day class Three or more attendees - $470 per person


2 day class LumberTech Certificate/Diploma Enrollee - $455 per person


All 3 days - $695 per person


All 3 days Three or more attendees- $670 person


All 3 days for LumberTech Certificate/Diploma Enrollee - $670 per person



2 day class - $745


All 3 days - $945


Hotel Information:
A room block has been set up at the LaQuinta by Wyndham
5217 E Terrace Drive
Madison WI 53718
Phone # 608.245.0123

Ask for the NW Lumber Association block rate of $79 plus taxes.

Block expires on Jan 1 2020