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Efficient Resolution of Construction Disputes

Alternative Dispute Resolution

By Arthur F. O’Leary, FAIA, MRIAI
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) refers to the various private voluntary dispute resolution methods available to us in addition to the state-provided court system. Most are a practical, usually faster and less expensive, alternative to the usual court litigation.
    The public courts of justice are open to all citizens who wish to use them. Court costs are nominal but the procedures are so ponderous and time consuming that legal fees and related costs can easily get out of hand. Court backlogs have become prodigious, running from several months up to five years.
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Building Products Revue
New Animal Nutrition Center Promotes Animal Conservation, Sustainable Design

With its high profile green roof and other sustainable design features, St. Louis Zoo’s new Orthwein Animal Nutrition Center serves as one of the first non-animal exhibits in the zoo’s history. 

    The St. Louis Zoo has made its new animal nutrition center, typically a back-of-house facility at most zoos, a major component of its public exhibit. In addition, the zoo’s new Orthwein Animal Nutrition Center (OANC) educates and informs visitors not only of the importance of plant material and nutrition for animals and animal conservation, but also serves as a high profile showcase for sustainable design.

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DCD InSights
Oak Park Public Works Building Striving for LEED Silver
    There are always unexpected challenges when designing buildings. Oftentimes the wants and needs of the owner change, and one project transforms into another that is completely different, full of its own new challenges. In the case of the Village of Oak Park Public Works building, plans changed overnight due to a devastating fire that destroyed the existing facility. The project changed from the renovation of and addition to the existing buildings to starting fresh by designing one large facility that would encompass all the needs of Oak Park, with an appearance that fit in the historic community. Holabird & Root was ready for the challenge.  
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DCD Cost Trends
Construction Cost Trends for 2008

Housing continues its slide. The strong performances by the public works and commercial building industries are continuing but now, in the face of a definite credit crunch, their ability to withstand the massive downturn in housing (almost 30%) remains to be seen. Lodging, office and educational construction spending have been growing at a brisk clip, up from 15 to 45%, but now with the credit markets in crisis, office and lodging may be the next casualties.
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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.
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Case Studies     

File: Commercial

• Applebee’s Restaurant Support Center
   Lenexa, Kansas
Aetna Customer Center
   Hartford, Connecticut

File: Civic

• Washington Public Utilities Districts Association
   Olympia, Washington
Elk River Library
   Elk River, Minnesota
Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Toilet & Shower Building
   Grand Haven, Michigan

File: Educational

• Academic & Health Center, Hillside School
   Marlborough, Massachusetts
• Staley High School
   Kansas City, Missouri
• Classroom & Multipurpose Building, Loften High School
   Gainesville, Florida
Radnor Middle School
   Wayne, Pennsylvania
Clemson University – ICAR Collaboration 3
   Greenville, South Carolina

File: Office

• Seven Generations Office Park, Building A
   Fort Collins, Colorado

File: Residential

• Solar House
   Fly Creek, New York

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