Who Is Responsible for the Weather?
Who should pay for delays caused by adverse weather conditions?
By Arthur F. O’Leary, FAIA, MRIAI
Delays caused by adverse weather are a major source of dispute in claims for
construction time extension. Inclement weather conditions, including rain, snow,
wind, and excessively high or low temperatures, are clearly beyond anyone's
control, although they could be reasonably expected to occur.
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Builder Product Revue
FAU Fort Lauderdale Installs City’s First Large-Scale Solar Roof Project on
Higher Education Complex Building
Florida Atlantic University's School of Urban and Regional Planning in the
College of Architecture unveiled Fort Lauderdale's first large-scale solar roof
installation on FAU's Higher Education Complex (HEC) building on the Fort
Lauderdale campus in February. Florida Governor Charlie Crist, FAU President
Frank T. Brogan, and community leaders unveiled the roof that was installed by
Advanced Green Technologies, Inc. Crist, accompanied by Advanced Green
Technologies' Rob Kornahrens, cut a ribbon on the 240-panel system that will
produce 34 kilowatts of electrical power.
Red Goes Green
Sustainable Design Becomes Part of Triage for Fire and Rescue Stations
When it comes to green building initiatives, most fire and rescue stations have
not been first responders. But as larger municipalities across the country begin
to see their investments pay off in long-term cost savings, more cities are
putting green on the radar.
It is no surprise that green building for fire stations (and
municipal facilities in general) has been a slow process. While public
structures traditionally strive to set an example for their communities, the
government building process is often slow, mired in political red tape, and
restricted in budget. And while few would dispute that sustainable design and
green building practice are good ideas, changing established protocol to
accommodate these ideas simply wasn’t an emergency.
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cost of actual buildings as a benchmark. As publishers of DCD we have gathered,
analyzed and archived thousands of buildings since 1958; and in the early 1990s
we developed D4COST, the first square foot cost modeling software for the
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It has been over five years since we placed hundreds of
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benchmark for their new projects. Stored in a quick and easy-to-use database,
the NHBCdb™ (National Historical Building Cost Database), subscribers were able
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project and changing the bid date and location resulting in a new cost model.
Construction Cost Trends for 2009
Construction costs moderated in Q4 of 2008 with overall yearly increases in the
5% range. Housing starts are off and residential construction is down
approximately 30%. The remaining commercial sectors still show signs of strength
but cannot offset the housing disaster. The inventory of foreclosed homes still
ex- ists, until these are sold off and a significant reduction in builder
inventories is realized, look for a continued overall slump in construction
spending. Construction is still down by 6-7% and federal spending programs will
not be felt until later on this year. Look for this year to be soft for
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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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