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The DCD Educational Cost Per Square Foot Analysis
The Educational Cost Per Square Foot Analysis is compiled from actual
elementary, middle, and high school new construction projects published by
Design Cost Data™ magazine. This guide will provide DCD readers a quick
comparison of educational construction costs on similar size school projects.
The cost per square foot reflects a masonry exterior
with common design features throughout the U.S. and does not include
architectural and engineering fees or furnishing and equipment costs. All
projects were escalated to February 2011 and then to select cities that are
present on each case study data page featured in DCD.
DCD Builder Product Revue
Simple Saver System® by Thermal Design Enhances Green Features of Wooster
Jackson Brown King Architects used the Simple Saver System by Thermal Design,
Inc. to assist in attaining Arkansas’ first school with a LEED® for Schools
Silver certification. Over 64,000 square feet of the Simple Saver System was
installed in Wooster Elementary.
Builder Product Revue Archive
Striking a Winning Balance: Can You Overprotect Your Building?
Building a truly sustainable building requires the deft touch of a racecar crew
chief. To ensure his vehicle is competitive, the chief oversees a variety of
disparate but integrated efforts — finely-tuning the engine, tinkering with the
suspension, maximizing tire wear, analyzing track conditions and applying
aerodynamic principles to determine the final set-up. And to cross the finish
line, these and countless other key factors — like the skill of the driver —
must strike the proper balance.
So, too, the creation of a winning structure, one that blends
moisture management, energy efficiency, indoor air quality and countless other
factors to result in a champagne cork-popping building.
Benchmark Estimating Introduces Custom Product Integration With On Center
Software Integrated Software Solution For Takeoffs and Estimating
Benchmark Estimating announces a new custom integration with On Center
Software’s estimating software, On-Screen Takeoff®. This new software
integration allows Benchmark users to import takeoff data from On-Screen Takeoff
into Benchmark Estimating software, providing a custom solution for Benchmark
and On Center Software users.
Construction Spending Rises 0.4 Percent In November For Third Straight Gain, But
Industry Remains "Fragile," Says AGC Chief Economist
Power Construction, Residential Improvements Offset Declines in Most Private
Categories; Public Construction Continues to Rise but Change in Congress; State
and Local Budget Woes Augur Downturn Ahead
Construction spending increased by 0.4 percent in November,
the third straight rise in the total, the Associated General Contractors of
America noted on January 3, 2011 in an analysis of new Census Bureau data.
Private residential and public construction each gained 0.7 percent compared
with October’s totals, while private nonresidential construction edged down 0.1
Construction Cost Trends for 2011
This has been a mixed year for costs. Lumber is still in a slide but it has
moderated greatly from the precipitous slides of the last few years. Steel is on
the rise, with gains of 5 to 6% and cement and concrete are showing gains of
2-3%. Labor increases are outpacing material costs and are in the 4-5% range.
Housing is still down but seems to be bottoming out, so maybe there is some hope
on the horizon. One item that may dampen a resurgent housing industry is the
possible increase of foreclosures. Keep an eye on them in Q1 and Q2 of 2011.
2010 did not transpire as a good year for construction and we all hope that we
have seen the low point. Though the effects of the infrastructure initiative
were never really felt in 2010, there are signs we may see some good news come
from it in early 2011.
Trends Archive |
The DCD Educational 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 February 2011 and targeted to a historical location
factor of 1 (escalate these projects and more online at
www.dcd.com and click on subscriber login).
DCD Cost Guides
|Case Studies Case Studies Archive|
Clotilde P. Garcia Public Library
Corpus Christi, Texas
• Bonita Springs
Fire Station No. 5
Bonita Springs, Florida
Beach-Corinne Jones Community Center
File: Educational• Wooster
LEED® for Schools Silver
• Robert H.
Williams Classroom & Anadarko Industrial Technology Building
• Unity Elementary
Sioux City, Iowa
Elementary School New Classroom Building
• American Steel
• Kitchen Magic
Corporate Headquarters & Manufacturing Facility
Lower Nazareth Township, Pennsylvania
• Cypress Creek YMCA
Addition & Renovation
• 7th Street Mixed Use
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