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Introduction to Field Administration
How Can Intern Architects Learn How To Do It?
By Arthur F. O’Leary, FAIA, MRIAI
There is no question that all professional work in an architect's office should be performed under the direct control and supervision of qualified architects. (Note 1) All architectural and engineering offices are organized around this elementary principle. How can it be otherwise? Clients have the right to expect that their architect's services will be performed consistent with standards of professional skill and care. (Note 2) 

Fully qualified and experienced architects must direct, supervise, guide, and check the work of the less qualified until they are gradually able to work without such close supervision, control, and guidance. This is the usual method by which recent university graduates can make the transition from the academic phase of their professional education through the practical experience phase and ultimately into professional competence and licensing. 
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DCD InSights
From Eyesore to Opportunity: Adapting an Older Building for a New Use
It is inevitable that structures will age and outgrow their original intended function. With changes in technology and lifestyle, construction design is constantly updated to meet modern demands and older structures are left in the wake of change. Those sensitive to history may prefer to restore older structures to their former glory, however, associated costs often make this plan unrealistic. An alternate concept is adaptive reuse – a process of retrofitting buildings for new uses, which allows structures to retain their historic integrity, while providing for the occupants’ modern needs.

In the pursuit of sustainable development, communities have much to gain from adaptively reusing buildings. Bypassing the wasteful process of demolition and reconstruction alone sells the environmental benefits of adaptive reuse. Environmental benefits, combined with energy savings and the social advantage of recycling a valued heritage place make adaptive reuse an essential component of sustainable development. Historic buildings give us a glimpse of our past, while lending character and serving a new practical purpose in our modern communities. An old factory may become an apartment complex, a run-down church may find new life as a condominium building, or an old office building may be transformed into a vibrant retail facility. In many ways, an adaptive reuse project can invigorate a community by meeting the changing needs of the population.  
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Cost Estimators Say It With Numbers
Setting appropriate expectations and managing to them is the key to client satisfaction. If there is any doubt whether this is true, promise a child a trip to the ice cream parlor and fail to deliver. The issue will become quite clear.
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DCD Cost Trends
Construction Cost Trends for 2008

Construction costs are moderating with overall increases in the 2-3% range.  Housing starts are still at a lackluster pace and the housing industry is girding itself for yet another down year.  The non-residential sectors which have propped up the overall construction industry will probably not be able to continue to offset the bad news from housing.  Overall, look for a softening in most segments and a strong possibility of a decline in construction as a whole.
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DCD Cost Guides
The DCD Educational Square Foot Cost Guide
Design Cost Data™ magazine includes a Building Sq. Ft. Cost Guide in each issue. These square foot cost guides have been assembled from projects in our database, the DCD Archives™ online at DCD.COM. These guides are provided to the industry by DCD as a benchmark for future building costs.
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Case Studies     

File: Civic

 Dakota County Jail
   Dakota City, Nebraska
 Sharonville Fire Department Headquarters, Training Center, & Fire Station
   Sharonville, Ohio

File: Commercial

Mama Mexico Restaurant
   Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

File: Educational

• Monroe Elementary School
   Monroe, Georgia

File: Medical

• Coordinated Health – Orthopedic Hospital & Ambulatory Surgical Center Addition
   Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 
Modesto Radiological Institute – Turlock
   Turlock, California
• Canonsburg General Hospital New Emergency Department
   Canonsburg, Pennsylvania
• Carondelet Medical Mall of Green Valley
   Green Valley, Arizona

File: Office

• PIPS Technology, Inc. 
   Knoxville, Tennessee

File: Recreational

• Rudy A. Ciccotti Family Recreation Center
   Colonie, New York

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