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Building Life Cycle Cost

The Life Cycle Cost of a building is a combination of initial capital investment and a series of future operational and maintenance costs.

Paul Mitchell, B.Sc.(QS), MRICS



B.Sc. (Quantity Surveying) Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland – 1995


Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
Associate Member of the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors
Associate Member of The Quantity Surveyors Society of British Columbia


Canada – 2008 until present:

Paul has been employed by Spiegel Skillen and Associates Ltd. as a Senior Associate of the company and became a director of SSA Quantity Surveyors Ltd in 2010. Paul has provided Quantity Surveying services to Clients on numerous private and public projects in the metropolitan and rural areas of British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario. Project sizes generally range from single-storey residential projects to major commercial and institutional projects up to $300M.

Quantity Surveying Services that Paul is typically responsible for include feasibility studies, program estimates, construction cost planning and estimating, risk analysis, independent payment certifier and construction loan monitoring. Paul’s client-base in Canada includes Provincial Health and Education Ministries, Municipal Authorities, Private Sector Developers, Canadian Banks, Lenders and Insurance Companies.

United Kingdom – 1995 until 2008

Paul worked as a Senior Quantity Surveyor for Bond Davidson Ltd. In the UK from 2004 to early 2008 at which time he joined Spiegel Skillen and Associates Limited. While at Bond Davidson, Paul was responsible for full Quantity Surveying duties including preparation of feasibility budget estimates, elemental cost plans, Bills of Quantities, quantified scopes of works, cash flow forecasts, Contract documentation, valuations, cost reporting, cost monitoring and analysis, final accounts; negotiation with main/subcontractors; monitoring of projects for financial institutions; Project Management and Contract Administration. Prior to this, Paul worked for GB Fitzsimon LLP, London for 9 years rising to the position of Associate Director whilst undertaking a Quantity Surveying function working on new build fit out and renovation projects (including multiple-site ‘roll out’ projects) in the Retail and Commercial Sectors across the UK.


  • Contract Administration and Cost Reporting
  • Cost database and benchmarking
  • Cost planning and Estimating
  • Value Engineering
  • Development of detailed construction scopes of work
  • Pre Contract Tender documentation preparation, tender analysis and tender reconciliation
  • Contractor valuation and Progress Payment Certification
  • Post Contract Cost Control and Final Account negotiation
  • Contractor valuation and Progress Payment Certification
  • Construction loan monitoring