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Conclusion of a Construction Contract
Part One

A Successfully Completed Contract,
A Gratified Owner, and a Contented Contractor

By Arthur F. O’Leary, FAIA, MRIAI
This is the first of three articles discussing the final outcome of a construction contract in three possible ways. The first is based on the normal expectations of the owner and contractor: that the project has been completed to the mutual satisfaction of the contracting parties and they remain friends. 

The second article in the trilogy considers the situation where the owner finds it necessary to eject a non-performing contractor and terminate the contract. It also covers the case where the owner finds it necessary to cancel the contract for convenience. 
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Building Products Revue
New Takeoff Tool and Digitizer System Designed for Residential and Light Construction
For those who make a living in the residential and light commercial construction markets, versatility is a must. Constantly on the go, professionals in the building trades often travel from office to job site countless times during a typical day. Tools of the trade must be easy to transport. Addressing this need, Calculated Industries of Carson City, Nev., has introduced a new stand-alone digital takeoff tool called the Ultra Scale Master Pro. With this tool, users can measure data from blueprints, architectural plans and other scaled drawings to compute linear, area and volume values for lines, curves and shapes.
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Automate the Estimating Process with ELECTROFIND™
Estimators know that the most time consuming portion of the bid is performing the “take-off”. ELECTROFIND™ by E/T Software, LLC is a tool that can save substantial time and reduce errors during the take-off stage of the estimate saving estimators and their company time and money. 
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DCD Cost Trends
Construction Cost Trends for 2007

Housing starts continue to decline significantly since last year. The effect of this housing downturn on construction spending overall is muted by significant increases in the non-residential sectors. Led by hotels, the commercial sector posted gains of over 15% in 2006 and continues to keep construction spending on an even keel for 2007. State and federal construction spending continues at a brisk pace and will help to compensate for the housing shortfall.
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DCD Cost Guides
The DCD 2007 Building Square Foot Cost Guide

For 50 years Design Cost Data magazine has been presenting actual projects with their real cost to build for preliminary estimating, cost modeling and more. The following guide, the DCD Sq. Ft. Cost Guide, has been assembled from projects in our database, the National Historical Building Cost Database, to provide the industry with a benchmark for future building costs.
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Case Studies     

File: Commercial

 Children’s Health System Parking Deck & Data Center
   Birmingham, Alabama
 Devils Lake Terminal
   Devils Lake, North Dakota

File: Educational

• Seward Middle School
   Seward, Alaska
• Irving Elementary School
   Sioux City, Iowa
 Vocational Educational Facility
   Sarcoxie, Missouri

File: Medical

• Southpoint Surgery Center
   Jacksonville, Florida
• Carondelet Foothills Surgery Center
   Tucson, Arizona

File: Office

• 177 N. Main Street
   Plymouth, Michigan
 MEEMIC Insurance Company Headquarters
   Auburn Hills, Michigan

File: Religious

• Davisville Church Addition
   Southampton, Pennsylvania

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