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March-April 2011 Issue March/April

New From DCD!
The DCD Medical Cost Per Square Foot Analysis
    The Medical Building Cost Per Square Foot Analysis is compiled from actual medical new construction projects published by Design Cost Data™ magazine. This guide will provide DCD readers a quick comparison of medical building construction costs on similar size projects.
    The cost per square foot reflects common design features throughout the U.S. and does not include architectural and engineering fees. All projects were escalated to April 2011 and then to select cities that are present on each case study data page featured in DCD.

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DCD InSights
Bioscience and Research Facility Design Trends

    Trending any industry these days is like looking into a crystal ball and expecting to find real answers when all you can see are refractions of your own image. The truth of the matter is that there are certain influences on the current state of research facility design that have less to do with the bioscience industry and all to do with the socio-economic realities that affect us all.
    In this article we will be briefly review some influences that may have direct impact on the research industry and may show us the way to chart our course as design and construction specialists. 

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DCD Technical Articles
The Future of Energy Star® and LEED® For Multifamily Housing
    Multifamily housing market professionals have always dealt with financially complex projects. HUD, LIHTC and other financing requirements have influenced the structure of deals, and the design and cost of projects. Recently, “Green” and “Energy-Efficient” building certifications have also added to the complexity. The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Star Homes certification program represents the leading energy efficient building certification. The U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED for Homes certification program is the leading green building certification in the residential market.  
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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 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 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

• Animal Care & Protective Services
   Jacksonville, Florida

• Chris Wilson Pavilion
   Potawatomi Park, South Bend, Indiana

File: Commercial

• 700 South Deli
   Linthicum, Maryland


File: Educational

• New Fulton Elementary School
   Tinley Park, Illinois
LEED® for Schools 2007 Silver

• Davidson County Community College New Conference Training Center
   Lexington, North Carolina

The Leaguers, Inc. Head Start School & Headquarters
   Newark, New Jersey

File: Industrial

• Griffin Land/Tire Rack Distribution Center
   Windsor, Connecticut

Maintenance/Storage Building, Clermont County Water Resources Department
   Batavia, Ohio

File: Medical

• Charlotte County Health Department
   Port Charlotte, Florida

• West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital, ICU and Radiology Addition
   Sulphur, Louisiana

File: Office

• FCT Capital Partners
   Houston, Texas

• Richardson State Farm
   Houston, Texas

File: Residential

• Sustainable Fellwood Phase 1
   Savannah, Georgia
   LEED® for Homes Gold; LEED® Silver Neighborhood Development

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