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March-April 2013 Issue March-April

DCD Sq. Ft. Cost Analysis New Hospital
    The outlook is strong for health care construction due to the constant aging of our population. In this building cost analysis we look at the cost of a 4-floor, 234,000 square foot new hospital with EIFS/Brick exterior and a membrane roof. This analysis is based on an average of hospitals featured in the DCD Archives.
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DCD Technical Articles
Workers’ Comp Costs:
Are You Ready for Increases in 2013?

    Over my legal career, I have handled a significant amount of workers' compensation disputes, representing injured employees, defending employers and insurance carriers, and even a few years working for an appellate judge who addressed workers' compensation appeals. Recently I was discussing the process for determining an employers' experience rating, and I was surprised to learn about some dramatic cost increases that will likely occur in 2013. 
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DCD InSights
Successful Teamwork Critical to Building ‘Hospital of the Future’
    Today’s healthcare construction projects are highly specialized, complex, expensive, lengthy, and regulated along stringent parameters. It’s a complicated formula that can exert great pressure on the relationship and communication among stakeholders. Major projects can suffer from common consequences of such pressure: delayed completion, blown budgets, and lawsuits over flaws caused by misunderstandings among segregated architects, contractors, and owners.
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Three Steps Your Firm Can Take Now for More Effective Project Management
    Managing a construction project requires both attention to detail and wide-scope foresight. There are a million moving elements that contribute to the completion of a job - employees, equipment, subcontractors, permits and contracts - all of which demand consideration and drive to get the project from day one to the finished product.   
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Laminators’ Omega-Lite® Stands Up to the Fury of Hurricane Sandy
    “Superstorm Sandy” wreaked havoc along the east coast with record-setting storm surges and hurricane force winds from Virginia to Cape Cod. Widespread power outages, downed trees and numerous reports of damage plagued the entire coastline. Millions of people and their homes, businesses and communities, were affected by this monster storm and clean-up efforts continue for parts of New Jersey, Long Island and New York City.  
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Building Better with Better Construction Contracts
    You can’t say “General Contractor” without saying “Contractor,” but General Contractors generally don’t get in the business of building out of a love for contracts. Contracts should first and foremost memorialize a business relationship. Negotiating a construction contract is one of the first and most important steps in creating the right foundation to build a successful project. Ideally, contracts should aligns all project stakeholders interests toward project success. Construction contracts often repeat a pattern in which risk is transferred inappropriately and pushed down the contractual chain to the weakest party. Fortunately, there is a better contractual option to facilitate project success.   
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DCD Cost Trends
Construction Cost Trends for 2013

    Things are getting better and we are hearing talk about construction helping to lead the economy out of recession. The worst may be over, but…. we have to put the gains of 20% in housing and an improving market in perspective. Total construction is up, but it is up from historic declines. The heady days of 2002-2006 will not be seen again, so the “good” news is tempered with the reality that we will have to deal with a construction market that is developing its own new normal. Although the private sector is up, the public sector is down due to demands on government spending. Material costs seem to be holding at 2% range, with the exception of lumber which is 8% above last year.
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The DCD Medical 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 April 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

• Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union Administration Building
   Katy, Texas

• Prairie Theatre Exchange Interior Fit Up
   Winnipeg, Manitoba

File: Civic

• Mt. Orab Fire Station No. 1
   Village of Mt. Orab, Ohio

File: Educational

• The Clyde Muse Center, Hinds Community College – Rankin Campus
   Pearl, Mississippi

• Tapestry Charter School
   Buffalo, New York
• Rider University North Hall
   Lawrenceville, New Jersey - LEED®

• Early Childhood Center, Mount Hood Community College
   Gresham, Oregon

• Teague Learning Commons, Lancaster Bible College
   Lancaster, Pennsylvania
• Hill Farm Elementary
   Bryant, Arkansas

File: Medical

• Children’s Mercy Hospital East Clinic
   Independence, Missouri

• The Oaks at Braselton, a Senior Living Community
   Hoschton, Georgia

File: Recreational

• Oasis Community Aquatic Park & Center
   Billings, Montana

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