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September-October 2012 Issue September-October

High School Event Center
Cost Per Sq.Ft. Cost Analysis
    The project is a pre-engineered building with a metal roof. The exterior is a combination of brick and metal panel.
    This project along with over 1,500 buildings of all types can be found in the DCD Archives™ at DCD.COM. The Archives includes cost escalators through 2017 and over 600 regional modifiers for cost modeling. Users can customize any of the projects to fit their needs by changing the square footage and adding, deleting or changing any costs in the cost divisions.

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DCD Technical Articles
The Measured Mile: How to Estimate and Value Lost Productivity Claims

    When contractors seek additional compensation for changes, differing site conditions or other delays, they must convince the project owner of the amount the contractor seeks to be paid. If the dispute is in litigation or arbitration, then the contractor must present credible evidence of the delays and the impact of those delays on the cost. Depending on the type and sophistication ofthe project, there can be a substantial loss of productivity. Yet, contractors may have difficulty proving the right amount of the loss of productivity. 
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DCD InSights
Verifying the Quality of Your Roof Investment
    After months of research, careful selection and completion of the bidding process, the purchase order for your new roof system has finally been issued. Now a simple question comes to your mind: “How can I be certain the materials being delivered are equal to what was specified?”
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DCD Cost Trends
Construction Cost Trends for 2012

    Construction spending is up over 8% compared to this time last year. After a strong finish last year, the first quarter of 2012 slowed but still showed a healthy increase for the last 12 months. Housing seems to be bottoming out, or flattening. We’ve said this before, but the industry is handling delinquencies and foreclosures on a realistic basis and once these are dealt with, the housing market should improve. Watch for stabilization over the next year. Overall, construction spending is up 8% with most segments (with the exception of hospitality and religious) showing moderate gains.
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The DCD Square Foot Cost Guide
for Buildings with Metal Construction

    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 October 2012 and targeted to a historical location factor of 1 (escalate these projects and more online at www.dcd.com/subscriber login).
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Case Studies     

File: Commercial

• Ed Hicks Mercedes-Benz USA
   Corpus Christi, Texas
• Beaumont Community Credit Union
   Beaumont, Texas

File: Civic

• North Shore Entrance Station Lake Mead
   Clark County, Nevada
• Chautauqua County Jail & Sheriff’s Office
   Sedan, Kansas
• Tie Fork Rest Area
   Tucker, Utah
• Biloxi Lighthouse Park & Visitor's Center
   Biloxi, Mississippi
• Monongalia County Sheriff’s Office
   Morgantown, West Virginia
• Little Miami Joint Fire & Rescue District New Fire Station
   Newtown, Ohio

File: Educational

• Kennedy Middle School
   Pharr, Texas

File: Medical

• Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center
   Lafayette, Louisiana

File: Office

• Enterprise Integration Expands to Larger Space to Prepare for Growth
   Jacksonville, Florida

File: Religious

• St. Martha Catholic Church
   Porter, Texas

• East Side Baptist Church Outreach Center
   Fort Smith, Arkansas


File: Residential

• Rosado - Hansen Residence
   Tucson, Arizona

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