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January-February 2013 Issue January-

DCD Sq. Ft. Cost Analysis Tilt-Up Construction
    This cost analysis is based on project OF090324 found in the DCD Archives on DCD.COM. The project is a 6-story, 121,750 square foot building with a failed exterior surface and an ineffective mechanical system in addition to other renovation needs.
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DCD Technical Articles
Project Documentation in 2013:
Having a Plan in Place for Success

    In last month’s article, we talked about some of the Lessons on Today’s Technology-Driven Construction Project. As we enter the new year, you
may make resolutions about how to better organize your projects, better streamline your estimating procedure, or better prepare for disputes. Let’s
face it…no one likes disputes! However, there are going to be certain rules that must be followed to either prove your claim or defend the lawsuit. In
the construction industry, it is important to be familiar with the plans and specifications. However, it is equally important to document events that occur
during construction and their impact on the means and methods, schedule and cost on an on-going basis. 
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DCD InSights
Nowhere to Hide: BIM Makes Inroads From Preconstruction to Facilities Management
    There have been many technological advancements in the construction industry over the past few years that have helped construction companies streamline and facilitate their processes. One of these is the use of building information modeling, or BIM, to analyze construction projects in ways that were not possible in the past. Once used exclusively by design firms, BIM is now a process that construction companies are embracing as a way to deliver projects faster and on budget and owners are using to design and operate their buildings.
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A New Kind of Ribbon Cutting Radius Track Completes Work On Architectural “Garland” At Edmonton International Airport
    Pilots and passengers landing at Canada’s Edmonton International Airport will be treated to an architectural achievement not normally granted to utilitarian buildings. Set to open in the start of 2013, EMI’s new air traffic tower will be decked out in metal ribbon. Challenged to create a building that would add dramatic flare to the EIA arrival and departure experience, architects designed a structure that is whimsical and eye-catching, and also cleverly integrates sustainable design. The tower’s sculptured form recalls the windswept pastoral region around the Capital Region.  
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Hybri-Flex® by Dur-A-Flex® Creates Warm and Inviting Atmosphere at New Animal Shelter
    The Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society has been serving the Virginia counties of Gloucester and Mathews since 1912 and is one of the oldest continuously operated animal shelters in America. With most of its funding coming from fundraising efforts, the Gloucester, Virginia organization constructed a new facility to better serve the area’s needs. An important goal for the new facility was to create an attractive and warm atmosphere to encourage pet adoption and to provide a sense of comfort to those having to surrender a pet. The flooring option was critical to completing the look.   
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Belden Brick Company Donates Pavers
for New Logo during Pro Football Hall of Fame’s
Largest-Ever Expansion and Renovation Project

    The Belden Brick Company, a manufacturer of brick and masonry-related construction products and materials, donated to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s $27 million expansion and renovation project, a 20-foot diameter custom Hall of Fame logo composed of clay pavers. The company also supplied 60,000 face brick and 27,000 pavers for the 2-phase project that is scheduled for completion in June 2013, the same year the Hall of Fame celebrates its 50th anniversary.   
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DCD Cost Trends
Construction Cost Trends for 2013

    We are pleased to say that we are still seeing a consistent upward movement in the construction industry. Private construction, the major component of the industry, is up at all levels with few exceptions. Housing is gaining, led by apartments and condos. Publicly traded home builder’s stock price increases are the envy of Wall Street. The Fed will be keeping interest rates low for the next two years which can only help the recovering single home industry. Troubled mortgages are now being dealt with and seem to have been priced into the market of existing home sales. WE MAY BE TURNING THE CORNER! Construction costs continue to slow, led down by the price of steel, and are up collectively only 1-2% for the year.
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The DCD Tenant Build-Out 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 February 2013 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

• Florida Shores Bank
   Pompano Beach, Florida

• Restaurant Build Out, Northwest Florida Regional Airport
   Eglin Air Force Base, Florida

File: Civic

• Biloxi Civic Center & Public Library
   Biloxi, Mississippi

File: Educational

• Addition to Bryant High School
   Bryant, Arkansas - LEED® Silver Pending

• Georgia State University Piedmont North Dining Hall
   Atlanta, Georgia
• Health Sciences Building Addition & Renovation, Oakland Community College
   Southfield, Michigan

File: Industrial

• Lee Steel Corporate Expansion
   Wyoming, Michigan

• SWF Industrial
   Wrightsville, Pennsylvani

File: Medical

• New Outpatient Specialty Clinic
   Vancouver, Washington

File: Religious

• Haven for Hope Homeless Transformational Center – Chapel
   San Antonio, Texas

File: Residential

• Haven for Hope Homeless Transformational Center – Men’s Residential
   San Antonio, Texas

• Haven for Hope Homeless Transformational Center – Womens/Family Residence
   San Antonio, Texas

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