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September-October 2015 Issue

September-October 2015

DCD Insights
Who Is Managing Your Contract Risks?
   One of the most important things to consider before signing a design or construction contract is whether the agreement properly allocates project risks. While it can’t be known in advance which contract provision will be most critical in the event of a dispute, certain known risks can, and should, be addressed prior to signing.
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The New Estimator
    For many in my profession, traditional roles and duties have developed into something that “old school” estimators wouldn’t necessarily recognize. Maybe a better verb for the previous sentence would be “transformed”, or perhaps more appropriately, “evolved”. It isn’t uncommon for the modern day estimator to wear even more hats than they always have.
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The Evolution of Energy-Efficient Glazing
    PPG introduced the Solarban glass name in 1964. Now, as PPG celebrates the brand’s 50th anniversary, it remains synonymous with industry-changing advances in energy-efficient glass technology, included today’s most sophisticated triple-silver-coated low-emissivity glasses.
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Luxurious New Living Line BrickScapes by Belden Brick
    BrickScapes by Belden Brick is an exciting new line of brick mailboxes, fire pits, grills, trash cans, pizza ovens, fire places and fence posts for outdoor living.
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Snow Retention System Innovative System Permits Installation On Virtually Any Standing Seam Metal Roof
    Sno Gem® Inc., a snow retention manufacturer, recently introduced the Sno Blockade™ snow retention system to provide the architectural community with another permanent and more aesthetically pleasing solution for snow and ice on standing seam metal roofing.
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Horton Releases First STC-35 Door for Hospital Environment
    The new Acoustic STC-35 ICU Swing™ Door from Horton Automatics is the first door designed to meet the stringent demands of hospital applications, according to Jed Foglesong, Global Product Manager. Intended primarily for interior use in the ICU and CCU, the STC-35 manual swing door features wide glass panels for unobstructed viewing of patients and an improved handle design to prevent jamming due to continuous use.
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Fashionable Yet Highly Functional Off Campus Student Housing is Taking Over… With a Vengeance
    Beginning fall 2015, students of the University of Maryland in College Park can make a smooth transition from traditional dorm life to luxury style living in the new and exclusive Landmark student housing community. Formerly the site of the Maryland Book Exchange on Baltimore Avenue, Landmark is now home to 283 off campus residential units and contains up to 14,000 sq. ft. of retail space.
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SIPS Stand for Structural Insulated Panels
    Structural insulated panels (SIPs) are a high performance building system consisting of an insulating foam core sandwiched between two structural facings, typically oriented strand board (OSB). SIPs are manufactured under factory controlled conditions and can be fabricated to fit nearly any building design. The result is a building system that is extremely strong, energy efficient and cost effective. Building with SIPs will save time, money and labor.
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Granite – It Doesn’t Have to Break Your Budget
    Granite is one of the most sought-after building materials in modern design, and for many good reasons. It’s beautiful, durable, low-maintenance and environmentally sustainable. However, granite’s reputation as a high-end material means it’s often too quickly dismissed as a budget-breaker. If granite is desired for a project, numerous options exist for incorporating granite into budgets of all sizes. And the first step – particularly when the budget has tight parameters – is collaborating with the granite supplier very early in the process.
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DCD Cost Trends
Construction Material Cost Trends for 2015

  The construction industry still shows signs of a good but not spectacular recovery. Housing construction is still strong and showing double-digit gains with signs of sustainable momentum. We can expect commercial construction to show gains in the 5-8% range, with certain segments such as hotels and offices leading the way. Institutional construction is mixed, with schools coming back slightly and hospitals still down from last year.
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Case Studies     

File: Civic

Royal Winnipeg Ballet Capital Renovations
   Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

File: Educational

• CREC International Magnet School for Global Citizenship
   South Windsor, Connecticut

• Kevin & Karen Kennedy Center for Theatre and The Studio Arts
   Clinton, New York

• Midland Elementary School Addition
   Floral, Arkansas

File: Office

• Swan Skyline Office Plaza (Shell)
   Tucson, Arizona

File: Recreational

• Greater Kingsport Family YMCA
   Kingsport, Tennessee

File: Religious

• St. Patrick Catholic Church & School
   Jacksonville, Florida
• Holy Family St. Lawrence Parish Center
   Essex Junction, Vermont

File: Residential

• Magnolia Place
   Lancaster, Pennsylvania
• Dogwood Manor Apartments
   Oak Ridge, Tennessee
• Utah National Guard Bachelors’ Enlisted Quarters
   Camp Williams, Utah

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