DCD E•News

Volume 3 - Number 7

  July 2008


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Doka’s Modular Formwork Helps to Quickly Complete VA Hospital Renovations 
   As a war continues oversees, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) aims to accommodate injured and ill soldiers returning from combat, along with the thousands of other veterans in the U.S. in need of medical treatment and long-term care. In South Texas, the Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital is comprised of 462 authorized hospital beds, offering services that range from surgical care to psychiatric and geriatric care. In an effort to expand the facility and therefore extend capabilities, the VA Hospital received funding from the Department for general renovations to the hospital in July 2007. 
   Recently, additional funding was provided to the hospital to renovate its existing Surgical Intensive Care Unit. Transitional housing at the new Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center will be added as well, supporting veterans who have suffered multiple traumatic injuries with the goal of returning them to independent living.
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DCD Sq. Ft. Cost Guides 

The DCD 2008 Commercial & Industrial Building Square Foot Cost Guide
The DCD Building Sq. Ft. Cost Guide
The DCD Sq. Ft. Cost Guide For Medical Buildings

The DCD Educational Square Foot Cost Guide

Construction Nightmares: Jobs from Hell and How to Avoid Them 
Construction Nightmares: Jobs from Hell and How to Avoid Them   Arthur F. O'Leary, FAIA, MRIAI, a 40-year construction project veteran, relates actual jobs gone bad from the world of construction, dealing with plans, extras, delays, interference, scheduling, change orders, defective construction, inadequate supervision, incompetent contractors and just about every other problem that could happen on a construction job.
   After you find out what went wrong and how it went wrong, you get a clear legal analysis explaining the tools and procedures to use to untangle the mess. For example, you'll see how to use mechanic's liens to your advantage, the proper way to use a bonding company, insurance coverage checks, contract preparation and negotiation strategies and much more.
   Packed with real-life case examples describing nightmares like these:
• The mysterious retaining wall collapse. 
• Earthquake damage or liable defect? 
• The case of the fraudulent shop drawings. 
• The contractor who hired his high school buddy. 
• The corrupt inspector and the crooked estimator.
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Olympic Facility in Beijing Illuminated with New Solatube 750 DS Daylighting Systems 

   As China set out to create the first-ever “Green Olympics,” designers turned to Solatube International Inc., the worldwide leading manufacturer and marketer of Tubular Daylighting Devices (TDDs) to provide natural lighting solutions for a new Olympic event-designated gymnasium at the Beijing Science & Technology University. The company announced today that the installation of 148 Solatube 750 DS Daylighting Systems (approximately each 21 in/530 mm in diameter) is now complete. 
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Negative Conditions Remain in Architecture Billings Index
Despite nearly three-point rise, project demand well below positive level
   The Architecture Billings Index (ABI) rebounded almost three points in June, after dropping two points the previous month. However, this is the fifth straight month that the index has remained below the 50 threshold, indicating that business levels at U.S architecture firms continue to deteriorate. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI shows an approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the June ABI rating was 46.1, up from the 43.4 mark in May (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The inquiries for new projects score was 51.8.  Read More

ZPrinter310/Sweet Onion cultivates ‘green’ architectural model business
“The speed of the ZPrinter 310 enables us to deliver a very quick turnaround as a rule, even when we brand the customer’s models with their 3D printed name and incorporate topography.”
   It burst onto the landscape in early 2007 – Sweet Onion Creations, a company creating premium scale building models for architectural firms and real estate developers around the world.
   The Bozeman, Mont., business, founded by a couple with dual MBAs, is quickly gaining notice for the rapid turnaround of its service and the sustainable way the business operates.
   Sweet Onion “3D prints” its architecture models. 3D printing creates physical objects from computer-aided design (CAD) files much as traditional office printers create documents from 2D files.
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Solatube International Helps 2008 Olympic Games Go Green

   As China set out to create the first-ever “Green Olympics,” designers turned to Solatube International Inc., the worldwide leading manufacturer and marketer of Tubular Daylighting Devices (TDDs) to provide natural lighting solutions for a new Olympic event-designated gymnasium at the Beijing Science & Technology University. The company announced today that the installation of 148 Solatube 750 DS Daylighting Systems (approximately each 21 in/530 mm in diameter) is now complete. 
   The gymnasium will host the judo and taekwondo Olympic competitions, as well as the Paralympics wheelchair rugby and wheelchair basketball events. The Solatube Daylighting Systems illuminate the facility’s main gymnasium, which includes a 2,400-square-meter competition arena that seats over 8,000 spectators.

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Modest Decline in Nonresidential Construction Activity Anticipated in 2008 with More Dramatic Drop in 2009

Commercial projects likely to see largest declines, while institutional projects expected to remain stable
   As the nonresidential sector has experienced cutbacks in demand for new space, the projections for construction activity for new nonresidential facilities are for a mild decline in 2008, with a more significant downturn in 2009. The forecasts are more negative for commercial and industrial buildings, with an especially large drop-off in the office and retail sectors. The two largest institutional categories, healthcare and education facilities, should see a slight increase this year and could help offset some of the losses in the other project categories. The continued increase in building material costs in recent years could also adversely affect the construction industry. These are highlights from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) semi-annual Consensus Construction Forecast, a survey of the nation’s leading construction forecasters which is calling for a 1.9% decline in inflation-adjusted activity in 2008, followed by a projected 6.7% decline in 2009.
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Construction Cost Trends 

Construction Cost Trends for July 2008


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