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May-June 2011 Issue May/June

New From DCD!
The DCD Public Building Cost Per Square Foot Analysis
    The 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 June 2011 and then to select cities that are present on each case study data page featured in DCD..

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DCD Technical Articles
LEGALLY SPEAKING: Minimizing the Legal Pitfalls of Sustainable Design and Construction (Part 1)
    It really is impossible to put your arms around the number of green building opportunities that are sprouting up all across the nation—whether you are talking about federal, state or local projects. Sustainable design and construction raises unique legal issues for all parties who contribute to the project. It affects design professionals, contractors, sureties, insurance companies, banks, owners, subcontractors, material suppliers, vendors, and their respective employees. In this first part of a two-part article, we will explore ways to minimize the legal pitfalls on a green project.
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DCD Builder Product Revue
Streamlining PDF-Based Digital Workflows with Revu® 9, the newest release
    Not your typical software company, Bluebeam Software is taking the quest for paperless construction projects to once again, a whole new level. Founded in 2002, Bluebeam has been making smart, simple solutions to dramatically improve workflow and bring more sustainable, paperless solutions to architectural, engineering, and construction firms worldwide.
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Design Flexibility and Construction Efficiency: accel-E® Systems
    When Alex E. Toye, AIA of ATA Architects of North Kansas City used accel-E® Systems to address the issue of a sloping site at the new No Frills Supermarket, he didn’t know at the time he specified the system it would also help the construction schedule with the coming harsh snowstorms in November and December of 2009.
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The Right Brick for The Community
    The architects who designed the Mobile County Government Center Annex knew they wanted velour texture brick for the exterior of the complex. But choosing the right brick color was essential in helping the building blend in with the rest of the downtown area. They chose Crimson Light Velour modulars from Carolina Ceramics Brick Company. Local distributor Riley-Stuart Supply procured the brick for the project. “Carolina Ceramics has been providing us with high-quality architectural brick, and exceptional service, for over ten years,” said Law Stuart of Riley-Stuart Supply.
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DCD InSights
Disadvantaged Phoenix Students First To Receive Green Schoolhouses From The Green Schoolhouse Series

    Bringing together an entire community, school districts, corporations and volunteers, The Green Schoolhouse Series (GSHS) in collaboration with CAUSE AND EFFECT Evolutions, will replace uninspired, outdated portables at two K-12 Phoenix schools with sustainable, Green Schoolhouses. Construction will get underway on the inaugural Green Schoolhouse at Roadrunner Elementary School in Fall 2011; followed by the build of the second Green Schoolhouse at Orangewood School in Winter 2011.  
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DCD Cost Trends
Construction Cost Trends for 2011

    Housing bottomed out, then inched its way up only to have back-to-back decreases in the last few months. One of the founders of the Case-Schiller Housing Index fears that we may even see a “double dip” recession in housing, let’s hope he’s wrong. Watch it this year. The commercial sector is now showing some signs of life. Occupancy rates are climbing back up with light manufacturing real estate leading the way. Commercial banks have a big stake in commercial real estate loans, are dealing with the loan defaults and seem to be trying to avoid a bubble burst like the one in housing. Public construction, which was strong a year ago, has slowed significantly and flattened out compared to last year. Unemployment in construction still hovers above 20% and shows no sign of a rebound. This all leads to another significant decrease in construction spending as a whole.
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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.
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Case Studies     

File: Civic

• Poplar Creek Public Library
   Streamwood, Illinois

• Mobile County Government Center Annex
   Mobile, Alabama

• Hughes County Jail
   Pierre, South Dakota

• Jefferson County Emergency Ambulance Authority, New Operations Center
   Ranson, West Virginia

File: Commercial

• No Frills Supermarket
   Elkhorn, Nebraska

• Mellow Mushroom Pizza
   Wilder, Kentucky

• Karsch’s Village Market
   Barnhart, Missouri

File: Educational

• Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Lab
   Kamuela, Hawaii
LEED® Platinum

• The Roe Center at Central College
   Pella, Iowa
 LEED® Platinum

File: Hotel

• Hope Lake Lodge, Resort & Indoor Waterpark
   Cortland, New York
LEED® Silver - Lodge and Hotel

File: Office

• ACCIÓN Regional Headquarters
   Albuquerque, New Mexico
  LEED® Gold Pending

File: Religious

• The Parish of St. Rafael
   San Diego, California

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