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.
DCD Technical Articles
Green Money and Green Buildings:An Overview of Sustainable Design and
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
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.
Builder Product Revue Archive
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.
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.
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.
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.
Trends Archive |
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.
DCD Cost Guides
Case Studies Case Studies Archive
• Reynolds Street Parking
• Cedar Hills Crossing
Safety Complex, Fire Department & Police Super Station
• Scarsdale Public
Scarsdale, New York
• Cobb Community Center
College Preparatory School of Dallas Locker Room Addition
• Mary M. Hooker Environmental
Sciences Magnet School
• Newark Schools
Newark, New Jersey
• Nova Southeastern
University/United States Geological Survey
• Clyde E. Lassen State
Veterans’ Nursing Home
St. Augustine, Florida
• Corpus Christi
Catholic Church Social Hall
Chula Vista, California
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