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November-December 2013 Issue

November-December
2013


DCD Technical Articles
LEGALLY SPEAKING:
Healthcare Alert For Construction Industry: Employer Notification Deadlines Under The Affordable Care Act

    In the past two issues, we discussed the legal significance of “insurance” in the construction process. We were talking about faulty workmanship and construction defects on a project. As we turn to business practices within your company, let’s discuss another significant issue involving insurance—that is, health care insurance!
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DCD InSights
The Beck Group Helps Dell Children’s Medical Center Become a Model for Sustainable Healthcare Design and Construction
    When it opened in May 2013, the W.H. and Elaine McCarty South Tower was the first major expansion of Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas. The 72-bed addition, comprised of 75,683-square-feet of air conditioned space and a 6,506-square-foot mechanical penthouse, increased the hospital’s capacity by 40 percent. It also earned the facility its second LEED® Platinum certification as well as the world’s first-ever Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design for Healthcare (LEED-HC) Platinum designation from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
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What to Expect in the New LEED v4 Materials and Resources Credits
    The U.S. Green Building Council promised a new version of the LEED® Green Building Rating System would require more transparency and disclosure from building material and product manufacturers and that’s exactly what is coming.
    The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system was approved by a consensus of the USGBC members this summer and during GreenBuild 2013 this November the release of LEED v4 is anticipated.   

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DCD Cost Trends
Construction Cost Trends for 2013

    Housing is still showing positive growth, in spite of rising interest rates and a lack of commitment from the federal government. So look for a sustained housing recovery over the next quarter and into next year. Commercial and public construction are still mixed. Public is down 4-5% from last year and commercial is up 2-3%. More and more indices are showing a consistent uptick in commercial construction. Look for a continuing upturn in both residential and commercial construction.
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DCD Building Sq Ft Cost Analysis
Office Building (Shell Only) LEED® Platinum

    In this issue's sq.ft. cost analysis we look at a new office building certified LEED® Platinum. The office is 24,084 square feet and two floors. The project is based on the projects featured in the DCD Archives online at DCD.COM.
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The DCD LEED® & Sustainable Square Foot Cost Guide
    Design Cost Data™ magazine includes a new Square Foot 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
 

• Lincoln Center
   Fort Collins, Colorado
LEED® GOLD for New Construction and Major Renovations

• Vehicle Charging Stations, University of North Texas
   Denton, Texas

• Little Rock Fire Station No. 23
   Little Rock, Arkansas
LEED® Certified


File: Commercial
 

• Cordova Commons Shopping Center
Kmart Redevelopment Phase 1, Roof & Lifeway Steinmart Facade Renovation

   Pensacola, Florida


File: Educational
 

• New Freeman Kennedy Elementary School
   Norfolk, Massachusetts
Massachusetts Collaborative for High Performance Schools (MA-CHPS) / Verified Massachusetts CHiPS (46 Points)

• Kanu o ka 'Aina Learning 'Ohana (Pre-K through 5th Grade & 6th through 12th Grade)
   Kamuela, Hawaii

• Science & Technology Building, Fayetteville State University
   Fayetteville, North Carolina
LEED® Silver

• Western Technical College, Public Safety Training Facility
   Sparta, Wisconsin LEED® GOLD

• Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School
   Detroit, Michigan
LEED® GOLD

• Forestville Central High School
   Forestville, New York

• Takoma Education Campus
   Washington, DC
LEED® GOLD


File: Religious

Episcopal Church of the Nativity
   Scottsdale, Arizona
Designed for LEED® Certification though not pursued


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