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Your Design Cost Data Magazine

For the industry’s leading resource on preliminary building costs and historical construction costs, look no further than Design Cost Data magazine. The DCD magazine issues include square foot building costs from real buildings across the nation, material cost trends, square foot cost guides and more informative industry articles.

Whether you’re a general contractor, an appraiser, an architect or anyone who frequently works with design cost data, you can benefit from the information provided in the DCD magazine for preliminary and conceptual estimating.

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Building Cost Estimating & Archiving Software

Not only does DCD provide the most accurate construction cost references, but we also provide software!


D4COST is a conceptual cost estimating tool used by building professionals across the country. It includes software, a database of over 1,000 historical projects, cost escalators and regional modifiers. D4COST provides a unique platform that allows you to enter your own data to explicitly target estimates on similar constructions.


The D4COST Software was developed by Design Cost Data and was introduced in to the construction industry almost 2 decades ago. The cost modelings with case studies are published by DCD Magazine.
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A subscription to the DCD Archives gives you access to a comprehensive project database filled with actual projects for cost modeling. Use the DCD Archives anytime you need to know what a project will cost before plans are drawn.

More than 1,700 projects are housed in the DCD Archives along with cost escalators through 2021 and over 600 regional modifiers. With the DCD Archives’ easy-to-use search options you can easily select a project that is similar to what you are conceptualizing. Once selected quickly change the square footage and move it to your new time and location. Press target and the project quickly updates to a new cost to build.

You can delve deeper into the project and examine the building costs and add, change or delete to make it fit your project. Plus all projects have been featured in DCD magazine. You can include a copy of the project as it appeared in DCD to accompany your report of your new model.

Use the DCD Archives to:

  • Answer, “How much will this cost?”

  • Use as a 3rd party check for your estimates

  • Run “what if” scenarios, check out costs of different building types

  • And more!

Now for a limited time when you subscribe to the DCD Archives you will receive the brand new 2018 DCD Guide to Construction Costs free with your subscription!



Subscribe now for $149 for a full year access to the DCD Archives and also receive the 2018 DCD Guide to Construction Costs a $64.95 value free with your subscription!

Not only will you be ready the next time you are asked, “How much will this cost?” with your subscription to the DCD Archives, you will also have an excellent cost resource for your cost library! Call us at 800-533-5680 if you have any questions.




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