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September/October
2008
 

Some Construction Documents Are Not Contract Documents
It’s Important to Know the Difference
By Arthur F. O’Leary, FAIA, MRIAI
   
 There would be fewer disputes and less disappointment in the construction industry if all parties to construction contracts clearly understood their obligations and were fully aware of their obligations, rights, and privileges. These are to be found primarily in the contract documents. The term contract documents is uniformly used in all AIA standard form agreements to designate the group of documents that comprise the construction contract between the owner and contractor. The terms contract documents and contract may be used interchangeably.
     The contract represents the entire and integrated agreement between the parties.
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Building Products Revue
S-Curved Ceiling Panels Provide Economical Solution For Student Gathering Space

When Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN), St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada) set out to convert a 4,000 square foot unused space into a student gathering center, the design challenges were numerous. The university waented a space that would be suited to multiple purposes ranging from seminary, classroom and study use to performances and social events. It also needed to be exciting – a space that would capture the imagination of the students who used it. 
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Bluebeam Software Saves Time, Money and Paper for AEC Industry
“Going Green” by saving resources is a major part of doing business for most organizations today, and this is especially true for the AEC industry which is striving to reduce the massive amounts of paper used on a project. To help the AEC industry reduce its paper usage, Bluebeam Software, Inc., offers powerful PDF technology that allows electronic sharing of information. Bluebeam’s PDF program can be used to mark-up and edit plans during the design review process, submit RFIs, send out bid documents, perform on-screen take-offs for estimating, and archive files.  
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DCD InSights
Claims: If I Can’t Avoid Them, How Can I Get Through Them Unscathed?
    While construction projects rarely progress in an ideal fashion, those in the construction industry easily can define a perfect project. First, work always begins on time. The contractor performs its work on schedule and within budget. No unexpected or unforeseen events arise, so the contractor does not ask the owner for additional money. The owner does not ask the contractor to perform additional work, and the architect provided a perfect design. The contractor completes the project on time and precisely according to plan. What’s more, the contractor makes its expected profit, and all parties walk away from the project happy. 
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The Anatomy of a Perfect Bid
DCD, Industry Associations Announce Best Project Estimate Challenge

    Preparing an accurate, complete construction bid requires the perfect intersection of a unique (and often evasive) combination of elements. Project knowledge, design insight, historical data, the ability to predict and adjust for ever-changing variables, and a healthy dose of luck all factor into the estimating equation. Cost estimating can be both challenging and frustrating, but it’s the exactness of the science – and the lack of it – that attracts and entices estimating professionals constantly trying to hit the moving target. 
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DCD Cost Trends
Construction Cost Trends for 2008

One year later and the same story.  Housing continues its slide with an increasingly steep decline of 25-30%. Commercial and Public construction still offset the shortfall, but not as much as before with combined construction spending down 5%.  In commercial, the lodging industry still leads the pack with an increase of close to 50% (but down from 60%), with office construction at 20% (down from 30%).
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DCD Cost Guides
The DCD Sq. Ft. Cost Guide
for Buildings with Metal Construction

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.
DCD Cost Guides Archive | Read more

 
Case Studies     


File: Commercial

• Colonial Bank Headquarters
   Fort Myers, Florida
Merchants & Marine Bank
   Pasagoula, Mississippi
United Bank
   Laurel, Montana

File: Educational

• Lakeside High School
   Ashtabula, Ohio
• West Fairmont Middle School
   Fairmont, West Virginia
• Lycoming Career and Technology Center
   Hughesville, Pennsylvania

File: Medical

• Rapha Primary Care
   Fayetteville, North Carolina
• Hux Cancer Center
   Terre Haute, Indiana
• Stormont-Vail HealthCare Topeka Ear Nose & Throat
   Topeka, Kansas

File: Office

• The Offices of Bonsall Shafferman Architects
   Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
• Office Building for Hanna Oil & Gas
   Fort Smith, Arkansas


File: Residential

• Silverado Flats
   Tucson, Arizona

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