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DCD Builder Product Revue
Taking Back Time Saving Yourself and Your Business With Bidding Technology
    No one will argue that estimators have it hard. Long hours of estimating projects that may or may not lead to a sale. Working to oversee projects that could potentially drain all your profits and run over schedule. Admittedly, with such grueling hours and the pressure of impending deadlines, no one can be expected to hand in a bid without a single mistake or missed item. And most estimators don’t have the time or resources available to initiate triple checks on every line of every bid.
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PPG Architectural Glass Leads the Industry with Energy Efficient, Aesthetically Pleasing Building Solutions
    For sustainable building projects, the ideal architectural glass permits the greatest amount of natural light to enter while limiting the thermal effects of solar heat. The ability of the glass to achieve this balance is known as its light-to-solar gain (LSG) ratio. Any glass that achieves an LSG ratio of 1.25 is considered "spectrally selective" by the U.S. Department of Energy. .
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Bolon is the Newest 100% Recyclable Addition to Centaur’s Fitness Flooring Line
    Designed to meet the demands of today's high-pace, 24/7 culture, the Eight Collection from Bolon features modular floor tiles manufactured to outwear other tiles available on the market today.
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Radius Track Bends the Curve at New World Symphony in Miami
    Radius Track Corporation (RTC), the world’s premier provider of curved light gauge steel framing and BIM enabled 3D modeling for curved surfaces, is nearing completion of its work on Gehry Partners’ current project, the New World Symphony campus expansion in Miami Beach. The project is a celebration of curved surfaces, and Gehry’s vision calls for curves in almost every space of the 106,350-square-foot project.
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    The future of sustainable design brightens as Dyson unveils the latest Airblade™ hand dryer: White.
    More than ever architects and designers recognize the need for environmentally responsible design, without sacrificing aesthetics. Answering this challenge, Dyson introduces the latest iteration of the Airblade™ hand dryer, White. Drying hands in just 12 seconds, the white Airblade™ is a sustainable, hygienic hand drying solution that suits distinctive styles. 

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Bird Protection Glass by NanaWall Systems
    For years, ornithologists have been looking for an architectural solution for preventing or reducing bird deaths from glass impacts. It is estimated window collisions kill between 100 million and 1 billion birds each year in the U.S. Bird-Safe Design Standards are part of green building trends.
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DCD InSights
New Standard Form Multi-Party Agreement – Good for Project Behavior

    The construction industry evolves constantly – always searching for faster construction at less cost and with more efficient management. Hand in hand with this change comes the need for construction documents that keep pace with new technology, delivery methods, and new practices.
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DCD Cost Trends
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.
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DCD Cost Guides
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 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

• Mary’s Children
   Clawson, Michigan

File: Civic

• DuPont Environmental Education Center at the Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge
   Wilmington, Delaware

• Highland Food Pantry
   Highland, Illinois

• Mount Kisco Public Library
   Mount Kisco, New York

• Ford County Jail & Sheriff's Office
   Dodge City, Kansas

File: Educational

• Gainesville High School, Media Center Addition & Renovations
   Gainesville, Florida

• Knoxville Christian High School
   Knoxville, Tennessee

File: Medical

• A Major Addition to Union Hospital
   Terre Haute, Indiana

File: Religous

• Notre Dame Catholic Church
   Houston, Texas

File: Residential

• College Residence Dorm
   Bloomfield, New Jersey

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