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Current Issue

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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DCD InSights
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.   
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DLR Group Delivers Wayne Lyman Morse United States Courthouse, a New Paradigm in Courthouse Design
    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 projects.  
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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.  
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DCD Cost Trends
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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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™s 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

• The Citizens Bank
   Starkville, Mississippi

File: Educational

• Washington High School
   Charles Town, West Virginia
• Science & Band Addition, Kimmons Junior High School
   Fort Smith, Arkansas
• Centerville High School Auditorium
   Centerville, Ohio

File: Medical

• Cochise Oncology Building
   Sierra Vista, Arizona
• Fitzgibbon Hospital, Expansion and Renovation
   Marshall, Missouri

File: Office

• White Marsh Professional Center
   White Marsh, Maryland

File: Religious

• North Side Baptist Church
   Greenwood, South Carolina
• Solid Rock Baptist Church
   Berlin, New Jersey

File: Residential

• New Residence Hall, Suffield Academy
   Suffield, Connecticut

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