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March-April 2015 Issue

March-April 2015


DCD Insights
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Public Sector vs Private Sector
Construction Projects — “Apples to Apples?”

    Public sector construction projects are more costly than private sector construction projects, why? That's easy; it’s because of inefficient government bureaucracies. That's how most of us would respond to the question. But first of all is it even a fair question? And secondly, if so is it true?
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DCD Cost Trends
Construction Material Cost Trends for 2015

 
  Housing is still growing, but not at last year’s pace. Based on national indices, there are 4 to 6 million fewer households in the market than there had been historically. This is due to more stringent lending standards and the inability of the “millenials” to attain incomes that would warrant owning their own home. Apartment rates are rising and the Federal Government is promising to ease lending standards. Maybe this will give a kick-start to housing, let’s hope. Commercial is still chugging along and shows positive signs, and the public sector seems to be on the rise again. Overall, housing will be up approximately 6% this year and commercial up about 5%.
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The DCD Medical Building 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: Commercial

• Mobiloil Credit Union
   Vidor, Texas


File: Civic

• Bloomingdale Regional Library Expansion
   Valrico, Florida

• Arkansas River Resource Center
   Little Rock, Arkansas
  
LEED® Pending

• Alachua County Civil Courthouse HVAC System Replacement
   Gainesville, Florida
   GREEN GLOBE CERTIFIED


File: Educational

• St. Louise Parish School & Faith Formation Center
   Bellevue, Washington

• Twin Rivers Primary & Intermediate Schools
   McKeesport, Pennsylvania
  
LEED® Pending

• Homewood Flossmoor Community High School North Building Addition & Renovation
   Flossmoor, Illinois
  
LEED® GOLD PENDING

• West Virginia University College of Physical Activity & Sports Science and Student Health Center (CPASS)
   Morgantown, West Virginia

• Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center
   Bushkill Township, Pennsylvania
  
LEED® GOLD PENDING


File: Medical

• Handmaker Jewish Services For The Aging
   Tucson, Arizona

• Chapel Pointe at Carlisle
   Carlisle, Pennsylvania

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