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May-June - 2013 Issue

May-June
2013


DCD Sq. Ft. Cost Analysis Fire Station
    Communities are continuing to update and construct new fire stations to serve their citizens. In this analysis we look at one 8,700 square foot, 1-floor (no basement), new fire station with a masonry exterior and a metal roof. The project is based on the projects featured in the DCD Archives online at DCD.COM.
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DCD Technical Articles
LEGALLY SPEAKING:
Market Watch:
Construction Industry on Rebound?

    Design Cost Data™ is a leading industry resource for preliminary cost estimating. Whether you are a developer, architect, general contractor, specialty subcontractor, appraiser or other estimator in construction, you undoubtedly have been following the financial trends in our industry. Several recent economic reports indicate that the construction industry finally might be on the rebound. Such news has to be music to the ears of many construction professionals who have been suffering from the economic downturn since early 2008. Recently published data suggests that the worst is over and that the construction market is gradually recovering.  
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DCD InSights
Solarban R100/Solargray Glass Delivers Significant Energy Savings in New Multi-Purpose Stadium
    When building a college football stadium, it is hard to find a better value than high-performance glass that pays for itself; yet that is precisely what architect Andrew Kulp, AIA, was able to discover when he specified Solarban® R100/Solargray® glass by PPG for Mustang Stadium at Stevenson University in Owings Mills, Md.
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Revu 11 Introduces New Functionality For Estimating, Organizing, Collaborating and Everything in Between
    To say that technology is evolving the design and construction industry is an understatement. In the past few years alone, the industry has seen several advancements in terms of how to digitally share project information online and access it anywhere, anytime. Bluebeam® Revu®, a PDF-based markup and collaboration solution for the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry, is a prime example of technology that has repeatedly introduced new functionality to improve the AEC workflow not only for estimators, but the entire project team as a whole.   
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The Integrated Enterprise: Beck's Collaborative Design-Build Culture Shines at CAMLS
    Pronounced “camels,” CAMLS stands for The Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation. Previously operating in five locations throughout Hillsborough County, the University of South Florida and USF Health envisioned a new CAMLS education facility under one roof that would revolutionize how to learn, practice and perfect the medical skills of tomorrow. To house all the locations in one facility would be a major accomplishment in itself. But also adding an aggressive 13-month timeframe from groundbreaking to completion for the new location made for a huge undertaking. To accomplish this, USF selected The Beck Group and Beck's Integrated Enterprise design-build model. “We put CAMLS on the path of 50% success by choosing a design-build approach, and Beck added the other 50% by offering and executing its integrated model,” said Fells Stubs, executive director of USF Financing Corp.  
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Metal Meets Medical Science
    To the medical world, the new Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS), commonly called "Camels", is a state-of-the-art facility for learning. Affiliated with Tampa’s University of South Florida, it is a place where robotic surgery, advanced trauma life support, neonatal resuscitation and other medical techniques are simulated and integrated with education and research to push advances in health care into practice.    
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DCD Cost Trends
Construction Cost Trends for 2013

    The construction landscape is improving with residential leading the way. Total construction is up around 15% over last year, and is headed for even more positive territory for Q3 of this year. However, public works spending continues its decline and will not add to the rise. The economic pressures on all forms of government spending will negate this segment and put all the pressure for growth on the private sector which is up 20% over last year. Housing starts are still strong and foreclosures seem to be under control. Look for a good year in the construction market.
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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

• Palm Avenue Parking Garage
   Sarasota, Florida -
LEED-CS (Core & Shell) v2009 Gold®


File: Civic

• City of Oberlin Fire Station Expansion & Renovation
   Oberlin, Ohio -
LEED® Gold

• Augusta-Richmond County Judicial Center & John H. Ruffin Jr. Courthouse
   Augusta, Georgia


File: Educational

• University of South Florida Health Center for Advanced Medical Learning & Simulation (CAMLS)
   Tampa, Florida

• Jacksonville Country Day School Multi-Purpose Gymnasium Building
   Jacksonville, Florida -
LEED®-NC v2009 Silver
• St. Andrew's Episcopal Day School, McRae Science Center
   Ridgeland, Mississippi


File: Medical
 

• Marietta Podiatry Group - (Renovation & New Construction)
   Marietta, Georgia

• Pocono Ambulatory Surgery Center
   Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania

• Southern New Hampshire Health System at Pelham
   Pelham, New Hampshire

• HRC Pharmacy Call Center Expansion, Basement Renovation Building #90 VA Medical Center
   Waco, Texas


File: Recreational

• Wade Walker Park Family YMCA
   Stone Mountain, Georgia -
LEED® Pending


File: Residential

• Country Meadows Retirement Community
   Allentown, Pennsylvania


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