DCD Technical Articles
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!
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).
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.
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.
Trends Archive |
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
Analysis Archive |
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
DCD Cost Guides
Case Studies Case Studies Archive
LEED® GOLD for New Construction and Major Renovations
Fort Collins, Colorado
Charging Stations, University of North Texas
Rock Fire Station No. 23
Little Rock, Arkansas
Commons Shopping Center
Kmart Redevelopment Phase 1, Roof & Lifeway Steinmart Facade Renovation
Freeman Kennedy Elementary School
Massachusetts Collaborative for High Performance Schools (MA-CHPS) /
Verified Massachusetts CHiPS (46 Points)
o ka 'Aina Learning 'Ohana (Pre-K through 5th Grade & 6th through 12th
& Technology Building, Fayetteville State University
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Technical College, Public Safety Training Facility
Luther King Jr. Senior High School
Central High School
Forestville, New York
Designed for LEED® Certification though not pursued
Episcopal Church of the Nativity
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