Which Documents Govern when they Differ?
Precedence of the Contract Documents
By Arthur F. O’Leary, FAIA, MRIAI
Considering the extraordinary volume of data contained in the typical set of
construction documents, literally hundreds of thousands of information bits, it
is surprising that we do not see more errors, ambiguities, inconsistencies, and
anomalies. Fortunately, most errors encountered after the documents are released
are trivial and cause no more than momentary pause and possibly some degree of
professional embarrassment to the architect, with little or no economic or
practical consequence to the owner or contractor.
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School Security Post-Columbine: The More We Learn, The More Challenges Remain
So often in the course of history, it’s difficult to pinpoint the exact dates or
events that changed the way we do things. But April 20, 1999 – and more
recently, April 16, 2007, mark the history books as days of infamy for school
safety and security.
DLR Group Delivers Wayne Lyman Morse United States Courthouse, a New Paradigm in
A new paradigm in courthouse design is being realized for the Wayne Lyman Morse
U.S. Courthouse through the General Services Administration’s “Design Excellence
Program,” which brings new focus to the design quality of federally-procured
Field Testing Dampens Leak Problems
Water penetration through exterior walls is a serious concern of architects,
product manufacturers, contractors and building owners. Fenestration products
typically receive the greatest scrutiny.
Construction Cost Trends for 2009
After a year of significant increases, costs are moderating with overall
increases in the 5% range. This is down from rates of 6-8% during midyear.
Housing is still in the doldrums and will most likely have another down year -
this will be the third year in a row. As in previous years, the non-residential
sectors have not offset the decline in housing this year. Overall, look for a
softening in most segments and a decline in construction as a whole. The
infrastructure initiative by the incoming administration will take several
quarters before it begins to help.
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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™s online at DCD.COM. These guides are provided to the industry by
DCD as a benchmark for future building costs.
DCD Cost Guides
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Charles Town, West Virginia
• Science & Band Addition,
Kimmons Junior High School
Fort Smith, Arkansas
• Centerville High School
• Cochise Oncology Building
Sierra Vista, Arizona
• Fitzgibbon Hospital,
Expansion and Renovation
• White Marsh Professional
White Marsh, Maryland
• North Side Baptist Church
Greenwood, South Carolina
• Solid Rock Baptist Church
Berlin, New Jersey
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