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DCD Builder Product Revue
Simpson Strong-Tie Introduces New Strong-Drive® SDW Screws and Expanded Strong Frame™ Ordinary Moment Frame Sizes and Software
    For more than 50 years, Simpson Strong-Tie has focused on creating structural products that help people build safer and stronger homes and buildings. Considered a leader in structural systems research and testing, Simpson Strong-Tie® products are recognized for helping structures resist high winds, hurricanes and seismic forces. The company is one of the largest manufacturers of connectors, fasteners, fastening systems, anchors and lateral-force resisting systems in the world.
    Simpson Strong-Tie continues their tradition with the launch of a new series of structural wood screws for fastening multi-ply truss and engineered-wood assemblies. The new Strong-Drive® SDW screws install from one side, firmly cinching piles together while eliminating the need to flip heavy girders.

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DCD InSights
Leading With Marketing

    The following is an excerpt from Leading with Marketing, a new book written specifically for those seeking to create and manage successful marketing program in the Architecture/Engineering/Construction (AEC) industry. More information about the book is available at www.leadingwithmarketing.com.
    How do successful Architecture/Engineering/Construction (AEC) firms become leaders in their markets? Superior customer service, focus on niches, a deep understanding of customer needs, creation of value, impeccable quality, exceptional services, great relationships, a strong brand, a stellar reputation…the list could go on and on.      

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DCD Cost Trends
Construction Cost Trends for 2010

  The ongoing slide in construction costs moderated in Q4 of 2009, with overall yearly decreases in the 2% range. At one point mid year they decreased as much as 8%. For the year, housing construction was down approximately 30% after similar decreases in 2008, so that’s back-to-back years of 30% declines. The commercial sector no longer provides any help and cannot offset the downturn in housing. The one glimmer of hope is that housing may have bottomed out, as it actually grew slightly in Q4 of 2009. Overall construction is now down by 10-12% and federal spending programs are not materializing as the savior. Look for another year of soft construction activity.
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DCD Cost Guides
The DCD Medical 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™ online at DCD.COM. These guides are provided to the industry by DCD as a benchmark for future building costs.
    DCD is based on the philosophy that actual buildings, when coupled with up-to-date cost indices, are the most reliable basis for future building costs. The buildings appearing in this guide reflect square foot costs that have been escalated to April 2010 and targeted to a historical location factor of 1 (escalate these projects and more online at www.d4cost.net/dcd/login).
    After publication these cost guides reside at DCD.COM. Please visit DCD.COM for other sq. ft. building cost guides for LEED®, Medical, Commercial and more.
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Case Studies     

File: Commercial

• Montana Honda & Marine
Billings, Montana

File: Educational

• Cape Henlopen High School
Lewes, Delaware

• The Village High School
Houston, Texas

• Student Services & Visual/Performing Arts Complex, Bay College
Escanaba, Michigan

File: Office

• Martin/Rogers/Associates Office Addition & Renovations
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

File: Religious

• Sanctuary Addition, Forest Hill Christian Church
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

• St. Peter's Catholic Community, Sanctuary
Fallbrook, California

File: Residential

• Fleur de Lis on Main
Louisville, Kentucky

• The Lofts at Main & Temple
Hartford, Connecticut

• Island in the Grove
Boca Raton, Florida

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