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May-June 2012 Issue May-June

The DCD Fire House
Cost Per Square Foot Regional Analysis
    DCD highlights different types of Educational projects. The cost per square foot does not include architectural and engineering fees. All projects were escalated to June 2012 and then to selected cities.
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DCD Technical Articles
Green Money and Green Buildings:An Overview of Sustainable Design and Construction

    Since 1998, owners have made the choice to incorporate sustainable design and construction practices into their buildings by following the LEED® Rating System established by the United States Green Building Council (“USGBC”). Starting in 2003, federal agencies began requiring that new construction achieve a certain level of LEED certification. Twenty-two states have since mandated that public buildings achieve certain levels of LEED certification under the LEED Rating System.
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DCD Builder Product Revue
Streamline Cloud Storage, Project Communication & Collaboration with Revu® 10, the newest release from Bluebeam® Software
    Construction professionals need every tool at their disposal to do what they do better without compromise. Streamlining collaboration, cloud storage and project communication enable architecture, engineering and construction professionals to do what they do better. With several new features including real-time collaboration with integrated cloud storage, hyperlink management, space definition for automated tracking in PDFs, 3D PDF creation and markup to 3D views – Revu 10, the newest release from Bluebeam Software proves that there are no limits to what project teams can achieve with digital workflows.
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DCD InSights
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts a Reality Thanks to Performance Contracting, Georgia-Pacific & Radius Track
    Muriel McBrien Kauffman’s vision, 10 years in planning and construction materialized September 16, 2011 with the grand opening of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri.
    Built on a hilltop overlooking the city, the Center offers sweeping views of the city while patrons enjoy performances in a center built for acoustical performance. The Center covers 13 acres and is approximately 285,000 square feet with two technically sophisticated performance spaces: the 1,800-seat proscenium-style Muriel Kauffman Theatre and the 1,600-seat concert Helzberg Hall. The Muriel Kauffman Theatre and Helzberg Hall are two distinct structures, each with their own acoustical envelope and dramatic architectural shell. Leading architect, Moshe Safdie of Safdie Architects collaborated with Richard Pilbrow of Theatre Projects Consultants and Yasuhisa Toyota of Nagata Acoustics America on the design of both halls, which share backstage facilities, including dressing accommodations for over 250 performers. 

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Things an AEC Company Or Owner Should Know When Hiring An Estimating Consultant Firm To Do Work For Their Business
    The Consulting Estimators Round Table has developed some recommended guidelines for any AEC firm, building owner or developer thinking about hiring the services of a CE firm. The CERT is a national non-for profit association which promotes ethics, validation, education and fellowship of consulting estimator firms based exclusively in the United States.
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Optimizing Building Energy Performance
    While the negative environmental implications of gas guzzling cars are well known, inefficient buildings are also a sustainability drag: studies show buildings consume roughly 40% of global energy use. As a critical component of any building’s envelope, doors and hardware can improve overall facility energy efficiency by reducing thermal and air leakage as well as reducing the impact of electronic access control (EAC) systems.  
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DCD Cost Trends
Construction Cost Trends for 2012

    Things are still stabilizing and construction professionals are guardedly optimistic. Total construction is up around 2% over last year, and is headed for some more positive territory for Q2 of this year. Some notable increases to watch are a continuing surge in manufacturing, educational and healthcare. However, public works spending, once the shining light, is off considerably (-6%) with almost all segments, except public healthcare, showing decreases. Housing starts for January have now translated into increased construction spending in several markets. The decline in the commercial sector seems to have stopped, and considerable gains have been seen in Q1. Let’s hope that it continues into Q2. Look for continuing stability in the construction market.
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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.
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 June 2012 and targeted to a historical location factor of 1.
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Case Studies     

File: Commercial

• Reynolds Street Parking Deck
   Augusta, Georgia
• Cedar Hills Crossing Business Park
   Beaverton, Oregon

File: Civic

• Public Safety Complex, Fire Department & Police Super Station
   Mobile, Alabama
• Scarsdale Public Safety Facility
   Scarsdale, New York
• Cobb Community Center Additions
   Pensacola, Florida

File: Educational

• Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas Locker Room Addition
   Dallas, Texas
• Mary M. Hooker Environmental Sciences Magnet School
LEED® Platinum
   Hartford, Connecticut
• Newark Schools Stadium
   Newark, New Jersey
• Nova Southeastern University/United States Geological Survey
   Davie, Florida

File: Medical

• Clyde E. Lassen State Veterans’ Nursing Home LEED® Gold
   St. Augustine, Florida

File: Religious

• Corpus Christi Catholic Church Social Hall
   Chula Vista, California


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