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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.

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DCD Builder Product Revue
Simple Saver System® by Thermal Design Enhances Green Features of Wooster Elementary
    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.
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DCD InSights
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. 

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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. 
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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 percent. 

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DCD Cost Trends
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.
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DCD Cost Guides
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).
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Case Studies     

File: Civic

• Dr. Clotilde P. Garcia Public Library
   Corpus Christi, Texas

• Bonita Springs Fire Station No. 5
   Bonita Springs, Florida

• Sanders Beach-Corinne Jones Community Center
   Pensacola, Florida

File: Educational

• Wooster Elementary School
   Wooster, Arkansas
LEED® for Schools Silver

• Robert H. Williams Classroom & Anadarko Industrial Technology Building
   Vernal, Utah

Unity Elementary
   Sioux City, Iowa


• Helms Elementary School New Classroom Building
   Largo, Florida

File: Industrial

• American Steel
   Billings, Montana
• Kitchen Magic Corporate Headquarters & Manufacturing Facility
   Lower Nazareth Township, Pennsylvania

File: Recreational

• Cypress Creek YMCA Addition & Renovation
   Houston, Texas

File: Residential

• 7th Street Mixed Use
   Washington, D.C.

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