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January-February 2015 Issue

January-February 2015


DCD Technical Articles
Fix Now, Point Finger Later:
Handling Unexpected Issues on a Construction Project

    When my kids break something in the house, they immediately begin pointing the finger at the “alleged” responsible actor. At the time, they are not concerned about what was broken. In the construction world, many times you will need to fix the problem first and then point the finger later.  
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DCD Insights:
Three Pillars of Conceptual BIM
    “Before we show the owner a rendering we want to make sure the owner can afford that rendering,” said Jeff Ratcliff, Senior Project Manager at Beck Group, said of their Methodist Mansfield Medical Center project. Being able to show a client a rendering of their building with the knowledge that the image portrayed fits within their budget is powerful. It opens up re-work discussions during conceptual and schematic phases so the client stays educated as to what their final project will entail with less likelihood of incurring change orders or value engineering discussions later. The Beck Group healthcare department utilizes conceptual modeling and estimating during project planning.      
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DCD Cost Trends
Construction Material Cost Trends for 2015

 
  Housing grew in 2014 at a rate slightly lower than expected. Annual housing starts are in the one million range and have a way to go before getting us back to a healthier 1.4 to 1.5 million units. Commercial is following in certain areas of the country, but still at a lower rate. Housing will be up approximately 6% this year and commercial up about 5%. Public construction is beginning to show some life. Overall, construction will most likely continue on an upward tick for 2015, a good direction to be going in.
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Case Studies     

File: Commercial

• Ulele Restaurant
   Tampa, Florida

• Regional Aviation & Technical Training Center
   Currituck, North Carolina


File: Civic

• Fire Station No. 11
   Fort Smith, Arkansas

• Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library Expansion
   Tampa, Florida

• Illinois American Water District Office
   Lincoln, Illinois


File: Educational

• Zachary Kolda Elementary School
   Corpus Christi, Texas

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• New Dover High School
   Dover, Delaware
  
LEED® PENDING

• Imagine International Academy of North Texas
   McKinney, Texas

• Attack Poverty
   Richmond, Texas


File: Medical

• The Cottage At Saint Katharine
   El Reno, Oklahoma

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