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May-June 2015 Issue

May-June 2015

DCD Insights
“On Second Thought”
    Aside from “time sheet,” the two most hated words in the design and construction world are “value engineering.” By simply adding capital letters, we end up with “Value Engineering” and now it is an accepted, formal part of the building process. Further, by abbreviating to “VE” it is now expected as part of the process. Because VE is expected at some point in the project, we accept the notion of taking perfectly good design, and spending time and money to undo that work, all under the guise of saving time and money.
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“Why Doesn’t My Architect Care?”
    The reality today is that capital projects are often driven by money, not architecture. Owners and developers are looking for great creative designs with excellent function. However, the most important factors in most capital projects are profit, revenue, and/or cost.
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DCD Cost Trends
Construction Material Cost Trends for 2015

  Housing construction is heating up again and it continues to lead the way with increases in the 15% range. The commercial sector lags behind with increases in the 5% range. Some notable hotspots are dramatic increases in the hotel construction area with gains of 30-40% in some markets. Institutional construction is down 10-15%, which is to be expected after the gains of the last several years. It seems as if the industry is ratcheting up again and should show gains that may beat last year, let’s hope.
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The DCD 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

• New York Pizza Department (NYPD)
   Tempe, Arizona

File: Civic

Willowfork Fire Station No. 2
   Katy, Texas

• Northern Lights Council Center For Scouting
   Fargo, North Dakota

• City of Nederland Public Safety Complex
   Nederland, Texas

• Illinois Supreme Courthouse Renovation & Restoration
   Springfield, Illinois

File: Educational

• Indian Mountain School Student Center
   Lakeville, Connecticut

• Southwest DeKalb High School Addition & Renovation
   Decatur, Georgia

• Walnut Hills High School South Campus Field
   Cincinnati, Ohio

File: Industrial

• 50 Columbia Drive Warehouse
   Pooler, Georgia

File: Medical

• Muriel & Harold Block MJHS Hospice Residence
   Bronx, New York

File: Recreational

• Williston Community Recreation Center
Williston, North Dakota

• Spirit Lake Phase 4 Restaurant & Renovation
St. Michael, North Dakota

File: Residential

• 306 W. Waldburg Residence
   Savannah, Georgia
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