DCD Builder Product Revue
Construction Efficiency, Energy Efficiency, Labor Efficiency… All in One STEP
Over the past few decades, the quest for more efficient building
envelopes has produced significant developments in structural wall panel
systems, but few provide the energy efficiency, construction efficiency and
labor efficiency of the accel-E™ Steel Thermal Efficient Panel (S.T.E.P.) wall
accel-E™ S.T.E.P. panels are fabricated using a proprietary
technology that fuses cold-formed steel framing members and expanded polystyrene
(EPS) insulation. Thus, framing and insulation are contained in a single system
– and installed in a single step.
Must–Have Tools for Digital Workflows
The architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry is quickly
adopting PDF technology to reduce printing and shipping costs and promote a
green philosophy in project communication. However as good as this may be, firms
are still struggling with wasted time searching for and managing project files.
“Forget what you know about PDF and what it can do for your
projects. With Bluebeam PDF Revu 8 your life will never be the same,” said
Richard Lee, President and CEO of Bluebeam Software, Inc. Bluebeam PDF Revu® 8,
is the newest version for the AEC industry. Revu 8 is a turnkey solution for
integrating best-in-class PDF creation, markup and editing into digital
workflows with new features for customization and improved access to files.
Among the new features are integration into Microsoft® SharePoint® and Bentley®
ProjectWise®, a file management tab and a revamped, customizable interface.
Resinous Floor System For Green Concrete
Hybrid System Can Be Installed Over 5 - 7 Day Old Concrete
Dur-A-Flex’s Hybri-Flex™ Series systems offer the benefits of two
resinous floor systems in one. Its unique base coat features a built-in moisture
mitigation system that tolerates up to 12 lbs. of moisture vapor transmission,
making it ideal for installation on recently poured concrete. The added
high-performance topcoats of each system can provide additional features such as
a decorative appearance, UV and stain resistance and quick curing. A complete
floor system can be installed in as little as two days.
You Want How Much for That Change Order?!
Today’s hyper-competitive construction market has some owners giddy with
below-budget bids, and others anxious about what happens to that pricing after
the project is awarded, not to mention quality of the end product. Change Orders
and less than stellar performance can render that low bid a poor overall value.
Public owners who take advantage of Job Order Contracting (JOC) have greater
cost control of the project, both before and after award, while maintaining
quality, schedule, and collaboration.
KEY TO PROJECT SUCCESS - PROJECT PARTNERING
BECK, Long & Associates Architects/Engineers, and Hillsborough County Public
Schools worked successfully on this award-winning educational facility to meet
the project’s challenges head on while meeting the delivery date for opening day
for the 2009/2010 school year.
Preliminary Cost Estimating Online
Where do you turn when you need to answer, “How much will this cost?” quickly
and with confidence. As a subscriber to Design Cost Data™ magazine you have
access to the DCD Archives, a powerful 1,300+ project database to use as your
resource to answer what a new project will cost.
Continued Upward Trend in Architecture Billings Index
On the heels of a more than two point gain in February, the Architecture
Billings Index (ABI) was up again in March. As a leading economic indicator of
construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lag
time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American
Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the March ABI rating was 46.1, up from a
reading of 44.8 the previous month. Though this score reflects a continued
decline in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase
in billings), it is the highest score since August 2008.
Construction Cost Trends for 2010
The housing slump continues but it may be bottoming out. We’ll see later on
this year. The commercial sector is in the midst of a slowdown. Occupancy rates
which were shrinking by as much as 10% in some markets are now down 15%. We
will have to see how the effects of a downturn in this sector affect local
commercial banks and hope it’s not a replay of the housing bubble burst. Public
construction, which was strong a year ago, has slowed down significantly and has
flattened out compared to last year. Unemployment in construction now hovers
above 20% and shows no signs of a strong rebound. This all leads to a 10 to 15%
decrease in construction spending as a whole.
Trends Archive |
The DCD Building 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
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.
DCD Cost Guides
|Case Studies Case Studies Archive|
Fargo, North Dakota
• World of Décor
Deerfield Beach, Florida
File: Educational• Strawberry
Crest High School
St. Peters, Missouri
• Peckham Industries
• ITT Flygt
• Coordinated Health
Orthopedic Hospital & Medical Office Building
• Cass Regional Medical
• Stormont-Vail HealthCare
Emergency and Trauma Center
LEED® Silver Pending
• Lancaster YMCA Harrisburg
• Creekside Village
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