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November-December 2014 Issue

November-December
2014


DCD Insights
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It’s a Hard, Hard, Hard (Bid) World
    Many construction firms today face the daunting prospect of bidding on insufficiently defined plans and specifications against a large number of other firms. In 2008, the nonresidential market peaked at $715 billion put in place, with roughly one-third in areas where lump sum is the usual, or most frequent, delivery method. Firms that developed strong customer and subcontractor relationships to participate in this negotiated market may find themselves ill-equipped to be competitive in today’s bid environment. However, by refocusing on the “why” of hard bidding, firms can identify the strategic and tactical “how” actions that will allow for a greater level of confidence and success in procuring lump-sum work.     
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Cost of Going Green with the National Green Building Standard
    There’s a saying that you can have good, fast, or cheap, but not all three. You can pick two of those options based on your priorities, but then the third will be sacrificed to some extent based on those choices. This adage would hold that if you want good + fast, the end result will necessarily be expensive. Home Innovation Research Labs sought to shatter this common belief when designing our National Green Building Standard (NGBS Green) Certification Program.  
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Save Time, Ensure Compliance with NGBS Green Certified Products
    Builders or developers just getting started with green home construction, need look no further than Home Innovation Research Labs' NGBS Green Certified product mark on product packaging and marketing materials to identify and source green building products. NGBS Green Certified prouducts are pre-approved by Home Innovation to contribute toward a home or building meeting specific NGBS practices, and use of certified products offers labor-savings and streamlined verification to builders/developers.       
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SYNTHEON ACCEL-E Wall System Helps to Meet Aggressive Time Schedule for New Campus
    When ground was broken for Southern State Community College’s new campus in Brown County, Ohio it seemed unlikely that the facility would be completed in less than one year and ready to welcome its fall semester of students.       
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DCD Cost Trends
Construction Cost Trends for 2014

 
  Housing is showing growth in some key markets, but on a national basis it is starting to sputter. Multi-family is still growing at a good clip along with hotels/motels. Overall, construction spending is up 5 to 10% depending on the market. Look for sustained growth over this quarter as long as an unruly stock market doesn’t mess things up. Public construction is inching its way back now that tax bases are growing, so there is a little good news in that sphere. We can expect a continuing (but guarded) upturn in both residential and commercial construction.
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Case Studies     

File: Commercial

• Youell’s Oyster House
   Allentown, Pennsylvania


File: Civic

• South Branch, Clinton-Macomb Public Library
   Clinton Township, Michigan


File: Educational

• Widener University Freedom Hall
Chester, Pennsylvania
  
LEED® SILVER

• Vashon Island High School Replacement
Vashon Island, Washington
  
Sustainable

• Southern State Community College
   Mount Orab, Ohio

• Moby Concourse & Training Room, Colorado State University
   Fort Collins, Colorado

• Grant Center Renovation & Addition
   Moorhead, Minnesota
  
LEED® Certified

• Westminster Lower School Addition
   Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


File: Medical

• Construct Dental Clinic Roseburg
   Roseburg, Oregon
  
2 GREEN GLOBES®


File: Office

• 289 Garry Street
   Winnipeg, Manitoba


File: Religious

• First United Methodist Church of Orlando
   Orlando, Florida
  
LEED® SILVER


File: Residential

• 1221 Broadway Lofts
   San Antonio, Texas

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