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July/August
2009

Best Estimate Challenge Winner:

The Northern Arizona University Union Dining Hall
by Kinney Construction Services

    Sponsored by Design Cost Data Magazine and the International Builders Exchange Executives
Northern Arizona University Union Dining HallRecipe for Success
    Creating a state-of-the-art dining facility to satisfy more than 22,000 hungry college students would serve up a challenge for any university. But long before starving scholars began to stretch their dining dollars at Northern Arizona University’s Union Dining Hall, the estimating team of Kinney Construction Services Inc. (KCS) cooked up some careful calculations of its own.
    The 27,283-square-foot expansion project was completed in just 13 months – in time for the start of classes in Fall 2008. And keeping it within the $8.05 million budget proved to be a recipe for success for KCS.
    Design Cost Data™, along the International Builders Exchange Executives and the American Society of Professional Estimators (ASPE), is proud to announce Kinney Construction Services of Flagstaff, Ariz., as the winner of the 2009 Best Project Estimate Challenge, for its work on the North Arizona University (NAU) Union Dining Hall project. 

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Best Estimate Challenge Runner Up:
The Westin Book Cadillac Hotel Restoration

    The Westin Book Cadillac Hotel and Condominiums in Detroit, Mich., is a definite contender for the latter. It’s also the runner-up in Design Cost Data™’s Best Project Estimate Challenge for the joint work of Marous Brothers Construction of Willoughby, Ohio, and Jenkins Construction Inc. of Detroit.
    Built in 1924 as a flagship hotel for the “Fifth Avenue of the West,” the Book Cadillac Hotel was a symbol of opulence and prestige. It cost $14 million to build and contained 1,136 guest rooms, making it the tallest building in Detroit and the tallest hotel in the world.
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DCD Builder Product Revue
Catch Falling Profits!
Implement a Digital Safety Net

    Technology is revolutionizing the construction industry. While estimators are reaping the benefits of estimating software, project managers have greeted the industry shift with more reluctance than acceptance. All the while, architects, engineers, and general contractors are demanding more and more from project managers in all of their construction endeavors, and adopting speedier, more accurate practices is no longer a matter of choice, but rather, a necessity for staying competitive and squeezing the ever-fading profits out of a cash-strapped market. Aside from the demands of colleagues, project managers are facing the challenges of completing profitable projects. Winning a job in this economy means taking out a sizeable portion of profits even before the actual work begins. It is no wonder that project managers are worried about cost overruns on these budget-breaking projects that are, unfortunately, becoming the norm. With no dependable way to red flag overruns and properly monitor a project’s completion percentage, companies are losing money in even the most practiced types of construction ventures.
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DCD Cost Trends
Construction Cost Trends for 2009

   
A major component of the industry, housing, continues seek its bottom and is down 30% from last year. Public works projects no longer carry the day and are down 15% since January. The stimulus package is now hitting the engineering and design firms, but will probably not hit the streets until later this year.  There are very few bright segments that could possibly stem the tide, so look for a difficult next six months.  Overall, the construction industry is 10% off of last year’s mark.
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DCD Cost Guides
The DCD Commercial & Industrial Building Square Foot Cost Guide

    Design Cost Data™ magazine includes a new Square Foot 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: Civic/Government

• Richland County Jail
   Mansfield, Ohio
• Sebastian County Courts Building
   Fort Smith, Arkansas
• Taney County Justice Center
   Forsyth, Missouri
• Westover Job Corps Center
   Chicopee, Massachusetts

File: Commercial

• La Mar Cebicheria Peruana Restaurant
   San Francisco, California

File: Educational

• Manoa Elementary School
   Havertown, Pennsylvania 
• Enadia Way Elementary School Reopening
   West Hills, California
• Douglas County Elementary School No. 42
   Parker, Colorado

File: Medical

• The Landmark Professional Building
   Clayton, North Carolina


File: Residential

• Rolling Hills Graduate Student Housing, Nova Southeastern University
   Davie, Florida

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