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September-October 2013 Issue


DCD Technical Articles
Faulty Workmanship:
Covered by Insurance? Depends

    In the July-August 2012 Legally Speaking column, we addressed the legal significance of “additional insured” certificates in the construction process. In this issue, we address another equally important insurance topic—faulty workmanship. There is a recent national trend to broadly expand the definition of an “occurrence,” under a commercial general liability (“CGL”) policy when the claim arises from defective construction. However, despite the fact that more defective work claims may now be categorized as “occurrences,” a recent case recognized that coverage may not be broadened due to other policy provisions. This contrast reinforces the need for careful professional analysis on questions involving coverage arising from defective work on construction projects.
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DCD InSights
Building A Preliminary Project Budget
    "How much is it going to cost?" This seems to be the inevitable question asked by all owners of construction projects.
    This is often the crucial question – the one that helps a project turn that corner from concept to reality. No matter what part of the AEC segment to which you or your firm belongs, it’s a good idea to educate yourself on the basics of building a project budget

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BIM Services and Granite Supplied by Coldspring for New Judicial Center
    Coldspring, the leading quarrier and fabricator of natural stone and bronze manufacturing in North America, recently provided more than 130,000 square feet of granite for the newly constructed Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center in Denver. Adjacent to the State Capitol, the 695,767-square-foot, $258-million Judicial Center encompasses courthouses for the Colorado Court of Appeals and Supreme Court, as well as a 12-story office building for support functions associated with the courts.
    As a building material supplier with the capacity and ability to quarry and fabricate granite in the large-scale quantities required for the project, Coldspring provided 107,677 square feet of Iridian® and Rockville White® granite for the buildings and 24,138 square feet of Lake Superior Green® granite for the hardscapes. For the project, Coldspring provided in-house services including Building Information Modeling (BIM), consultation for the design team and natural stone from one source.   

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Garland Roofs Now Feature Factory-Applied Reflective Surfacing
    Garland’s highly reflective Sunburst™ mineral surfacing is now available as a factory-applied option on select StressPly® high-performance membranes, for one-step installation of waterproofing protection and reflective surfacing. Factory-applied Sunburst minerals provide a superior reflective surface that dramatically reduces rooftop temperatures, while providing extreme hail, wind and weather protection.  
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DCD Cost Trends
Construction Cost Trends for 2013

    Housing is showing signs of recovery in many parts of the country. “Asking” prices for homes are up for the last year and a half and are translating into increased activity and sales prices. But just to dampen this “good” news, adjusted starts of single-family homes are at an annually adjusted rate of 600,000 units, compared to 1,500,000 units at the height of the market in 2006. We will probably not see those lofty numbers again in the foreseeable future. Though the 600,000 starts represent a 20% increase over last year, you can see that we still have a long way to go. So again we cautiously say that we should start seeing a slight housing recovery over the next two quarters. Commercial and public construction are mixed, public is down from last year and commercial is up, in the 2% range respectively. Look for a continuing upturn in both residential and commercial and let’s hope that increasing interest rates don’t ruin the party.
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DCD Building Sq Ft Cost Analysis
Pre-Engineered Building Elementary School

    In this issues' sq.ft. cost analysis we look at a new elementary school pursuing LEED® certification. The school is 88,000 square feet and one floor. The school is constructed utilizing a pre-engineered building with CMU and brick exterior and metal roof. The project is based on the projects featured in the DCD Archives online at DCD.COM.
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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 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: Civic

• Richardson Fire Station No. 4
   Richardson, Texas

• Harris County ESD #28, Ponderosa Fire Station No. 62
   Spring, Texas

• Town of Pearisburg New Fire Station
   Pearisburg, Virginia

• Rockport City Services Building
   Rockport, Texas

File: Educational

• Somerset Jr. High School
   Von Ormy, Texas

• Awty Classroom & Administration Building
   Houston, Texas

• Clemson University Indoor Football Practice Facility
   Clemson, South Carolina

• Middleton Hall Renovation & Addition
   Mississippi State University, Mississippi

File: Medical

• Dean McGee Eye Institute
   Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

• Dobbs Ferry Pavilion of St. John's Riverside Hospital
   Dobbs Ferry, New York

File: Office

• Visual Lizard Interior Fit-Up
   Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA

File: Residential

The Salvation Army, Sally’s House
   Houston, Texas

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