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January-February 2012 Issue January/February

DCD Square Foot Cost Analysis for Concrete Buildings
    DCD highlights different types of Tilt-Up and Precast Concrete projects. The cost per square foot does not include architectural and engineering fees. All projects were escalated to February 2012 and then to selected cities.
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DCD Technical Articles
What Are Your Three Words for 2012?

    Every year, social media strategist and entrepreneur Chris Brogan chooses three words that he uses as guidance for setting goals in the new year. For example, in 2011 Brogan focused all efforts on Reinvest, Package, and Flow, each of which he used as a lens to view his activities and his world. As we look to the construction industry in 2012, I would use the following three words to describe some legal trends we will see this year: Green. Collaboration. Protests.
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DCD InSights
The Construction Market Landscape
    Since the crash of 2008 there have been many opinions offered as to how significant the correction in the construction industry will be and when it will return to the levels we enjoyed from 2004 to 2008. The short and factual answer is that the construction industry has taken its worst hit since the Great Depression. This hit has led to significant shifts in channel behaviors, which can be attributed to the evolution of the new economic landscape in the construction industry.   
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New Gilbane Construction Industry Economic Report Foresees Ongoing Industry Challenges
    Gilbane Building Company's Analysis of Trends, Construction Starts, and Other Indicators Identify Key Considerations for Building Owners and the Construction Industry in Response to the Anticipated Continuation of Economic Challenges and a Slow, Multiyear Recovery
   Gilbane Building Company announced the publication of the Winter 2011 edition of Construction Economics — Market Conditions in Construction. Based on an array of economic data, construction starts, and material cost trends, this free report projects that the recovery of the construction market will lag behind the overall economic recovery and will take much longer due to the severity of current conditions. Nevertheless, some critical indicators are illustrating a positive trend.  

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How to Prevent Buildings from Leaking!
    Almost a decade ago Arthur O’Leary, FAIA, MRIAI wrote an article published by Design Cost Data™ entitled, “New Buildings that Leak Analyzing the Causes and Pinpointing the Responsibility.”
    This excellent article clearly identified the frustrations with building owners. However, it seems that the problems a decade later are still as prominent as ever. Beware all building owners the “can” is still being kicked down the road. Your building will probably leak, and soon! 

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Three Trends that are Changing Preconstruction
    In September 2011, Beck Technology, developers of a macro BIM software tool for early project planning and cost estimating, gathered a group of preconstruction professionals from across the United States and Canada to share their views on the industry.  
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DCD Cost Trends
Construction Cost Trends for 2012

    Depending on the part of the country, housing is bottoming out and even showing signs of recovery. Nevertheless, fully 20% of home loans are “under water” and the effects of this remain to be realized. So we cautiously say that a further steep decline is probably not going to happen and that we should be starting to crawl out of the housing mess over the next three years.
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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.
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Case Studies     

File: Commercial

• Transportation/Warehouse Facility
   Monroe, Georgia

File: Civic

• Camp Hancock State Historical Site Locomotive Shelter
   Bismarck, North Dakota

• Camden Friends Meeting House & Social Hall
   Camden, Delaware
   LEED® Platinum

• Henry County Detention Center
   Clinton, Missouri

File: Educational

• NHIA – 88 Lowell Street
   Manchester, New Hampshire
   LEED® Platinum

• Kings Mill Depot, York College
   York, Pennsylvania

• David Douglas High School Classroom Addition
   Portland, Oregon

• WVU Child Learning Center
   Morgantown, West Viginia

File: Medical

• Sadler Clinic
   Conroe, Texas

Kitchens Pediatric Dental Clinic
   Little Rock, Arkansas

East Texas Community Health Services
   Nacogdoches, Texas

File: Office

• Pinnacle III Office Tenant Finish Hoefer Wysocki Office
   Leawood, Kansas

File: Residential

• Biscayne Commons Dormitory, Johnson & Wales University
   North Miami, Florida

Renfrew House
   Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada


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