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New From DCD!
The DCD Industrial Building Cost Per Square Foot Analysis
    The Building Cost Per Square Foot Analysis is compiled from actual new industrial construction projects published by Design Cost Data™ magazine. This guide will provide DCD readers a quick comparison of industrial building construction costs on similar size projects.
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DCD Technical Articles
LEGALLY SPEAKING: Minimizing the Legal Pitfalls of Sustainable Design and Construction (Part 2)
    In the May-June 2011 issue, we identified some of the ways to minimize the potential legal risks of sustainable design and construction. These included: (1) Don’t Promise More Than You Can Deliver, which really focuses on your marketing activities and warranties; (2) Don’t Guarantee a Level of Certification, unless it is somehow required by law; (3) Identify the Participants, Their Roles, and Their Responsibilities, which will help you through the design and construction process; (4) Clarify the Standard of Care, which is important from a negligence viewpoint in determining liability; and (5) Only Take Responsibility for Delays You Can Control, since delays on a green project can stem from any number of reasons. In this second of the two-part series, we look to five more ways to minimize the legal pitfalls on a green project.
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DCD Builder Product Revue
Takeoff: Applying Estimating Tools to the Conceptual and Design Phases
    Few will argue that The Budget ultimately rules every project. While it may be the owner who carries the vision, the architect who crafts the design, and the contractors who execute the plan, The Budget ultimately dictates the size, scope, and success of a project. The Budget even ultimately determines if the project will ever be built. The Budget is more than just a number. The Budget is King, and this king influences the actions of every participant. No one moves unless The Budget says so. The Budget is the reason why you read DCD Magazine, so that you can get a sense for how large or small he may need to be. The Budget is also the reason why the market today is flooded with software companies which specialize in helping you determine his size and scope.
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Taking Budgeting to a New Level with BIM
    BIM (building information modeling) is moving from buzzword to business tool. While not all construction firms routinely use BIM software, many of the early adopters are finding new uses and technologies to solve problems and add value.
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DCD InSights
Tenant Build-Outs Going Strong

    No matter what the economy companies grow, change and need updated facilities to perform their business. Today, with slow conditions in just about every market, Tenant Build-Outs are a bright spot on the economic map.   
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Construction Backlog Grows 4 Percent in First Quarter of 2011
    Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today reports that its Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) for the first quarter of 2011 averaged 7.3 months, a 4 percent increase from 7.1 months during the fourth quarter of 2010, and up from 6.1 months, or an increase of 21 percent, from one year ago. CBI is a forward-looking indicator that measures the amount of construction work under contract to be completed in the future.  
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First Things First…
The Importance Of The Building Envelope

    At construction sites around the country, a familiar sight - a facade sheathed in bright gold - is repeated over and over again. That gold is the signature look of a product which has been a staple of commercial construction projects since 1984 – DensGlass® Sheathing by Georgia-Pacific Gypsum. A moisture-resistant gypsum panel that is used for exterior walls, ceilings and soffits, DensGlass features fiberglass mats and a moisture-resistant core to deliver the benefit of moisture and mold resistance during and after the construction process.  
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DCD Cost Trends
Construction Cost Trends for 2011

    After an 8% slide over the last 12 months, it appears that housing may finally be bottoming out. We’ve said this before but delinquencies on home mortgages are lessening and, as a result, foreclosures will slow down. Once the foreclosed houses are cleared out, we should finally see an increase in new home construction. Don’t count on it right now but watch for improvement over the next 6 months. Overall, construction spending is down 7% with some segments showing slight signs of life.
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The DCD 2011 Commercial & Industrial 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

• Steinbach Firehall
   Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada

• Clermont Senior Services, Inc., Kitchen Facility
   Batavia, Ohio

File: Educational

• Florida Atlantic University, College of Engineering, Banquet Hall and Food Service Venue
   Boca Raton, Florida
LEED® Platinum Pending

File: Office

• InCapital Holdings, LLC
   Boca Raton, Florida

• Commerce Park at Northbrook
   Suwanee, Georgia

• Commerce Park at Northbrook - Advanced Medical Group (Interior Build-Out)
   Suwanee, Georgia

• Commerce Park at Northbrook - Cowan and Kohne Financial (Interior Build-Out)
   Suwanee, Georgia

• Reserve Advisors, Inc.
   Milwaukee, Wisconsin

File: Recreational

• Academy Theater at Lighthouse International
   New York City, New York

• Houston Texans YMCA
   Houston, Texas
LEED® Gold

• The Forge for Families
   Houston, Texas

File: Religious

• Hardin Valley Church of Christ
   Knoxville, Tennessee

• Shrine of the Holy Spirit
   Branson, Missouri

File: Residential

• MG Residence Restoration
   Williamston, Michigan

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