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Special Issue: LEED®

Conclusion of a Construction Contract
Part Three
When the Contractor Abdicates the Construction and Terminates the Contract
By Arthur F. O’Leary, FAIA, MRIAI
This is the third 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 the 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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LEED® Rating Options for Campuses
In October 2005, the United States Green Building Council introduced application guidelines allowing campuses or multiple buildings within a campus or development to share credits. The applications of such possibilities are clear for higher education settings, governmental agencies, corporations, and developers with a sustainable mindset: sharing credits can take advantage of scale economies and streamline the certification process. Such a process is currently being used at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research (CU-ICAR) in Greenville, S.C., and is resulting in great rewards for the University. 
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Taking Green Building to a Higher Level 
Green Roofs Offer Environmental, Economic and Aesthetic Benefits

It’s a new world when it comes to commercial architecture and construction. No longer is the focus only on expert craftsmanship, innovative design and attention to detail. Rather, all eyes are examining the process itself, the materials used, and most of all, the impact of construction on the environment. And there has been a quite a crowd jumping on the green bandwagon. Read more

Builder Product Revue
Arch's Custom Glazing Provides New Life For Historic Key West Cigar Factory
Curious residents of Key West have peered for decades into the nearly 8,000 sq. ft. of windows on the old Gato Cigar Factory Office Complex along Simonton Avenue. 

As the building's name suggests, this historic structure contained a cigar factory during the 1800s where locals hand rolled the tobacco products. The building now contains the Monroe County Government offices following a renovation, including replacement of the century old windows with an Arch Aluminum and Glass Resistor Impact Series framing and glazing system. 
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Highest Potential LEED® Point Project Using FGS/PermaShine
The maker of the FGS/PermaShine concrete densifier and a developer in Oregon will collaborate on potentially the "greenest" polished concrete floor ever designed for a LEED® project. 

The developer of Independence Station is attempting to achieve more LEED points than any other mixed-use building project registered with the U.S. Green Building Council. 
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THERMOMASS Offers Energy Efficiency, Durability
When the building team set out to plan a new police facility in Gilroy, California, the original design called for a concrete tile mansard to match the existing roofs in the neighboring Gilroy civic center. Upon finding that the project was over budget, one of the cost-cutting measures adopted by the architect was to replace the concrete tile with a metal “tile panel” facsimile system from Met-Tile, Inc., Ontario, California.
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DCD InSights
Convincing the Owner to go LEED®
What does LEED® cost? You know it is coming: dollars always seem to be the foremost concern. It inevitably becomes the focus within moments of entering a discussion about Green design. There is an ironic hope in the problem itself; rising fuel costs and the increased awareness of global warming has made sustainability a much easier sell.  
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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 Sq. Ft. Cost Guide for Buildings with Metal Construction

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: Civic

 Headquarters & Visitor Center, Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge
   Swanton, Vermont
Sustainable Design

File: Commercial

WYEP Community Broadcast Center
   Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
   LEED® Silver

File: Educational

• Great Seneca Creek Elementary School
   Germantown, Maryland
LEED® Gold
• Twin Lakes Elementary School
   Elk River, Minnesota
LEED® Silver Pending
• Hope Commons Dining Hall
   Kingston, Rhode Island
LEED® Silver Pending
• University of Florida, Library West Addition/Remodeling
   Gainesville, Florida
   LEED® Gold
• McGinnis Education Center
   Sharpsburg, Pennsylvania
LEED® Silver

File: Office

• Weaver Cooke Construction Headquarters
   Greensboro, North Carolina 
   LEED® Gold
• Holabird & Root Office Headquarters & Design Studios
   Chicago, Illinois
• Aquascape Design 
   St. Charles, Illinois
LEED® For New Construction - Silver
• Alliance Center 
   Denver, Colorado
Existing Buildings LEED® Gold
   Commercial Interior LEED
® Silver

File: Recreational

• Phipps Tropical Forest
   Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

File: Residential

• PATH Concept House
   Omaha, Nebraska
   LEED® Certified for Homes

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