DCD Technical Articles
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Trends Archive |
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.
Analysis Archive |
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
DCD Cost Guides
Case Studies Case Studies Archive
Fire Station No. 4
County ESD #28, Ponderosa Fire Station No. 62
of Pearisburg New Fire Station
City Services Building
Jr. High School
Von Ormy, Texas
Classroom & Administration Building
University Indoor Football Practice Facility
Clemson, South Carolina
Hall Renovation & Addition
Mississippi State University, Mississippi
McGee Eye Institute
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
• Dobbs Ferry
Pavilion of St. John's Riverside Hospital
Dobbs Ferry, New York
Lizard Interior Fit-Up
Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA
Salvation Army, Sally’s House
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