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Model Instantly on Actual Project Costs
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houses over 1,300 actual projects, as featured in DCD
magazine, along with up-to-date cost indices. Users
can choose from hundreds of building types, select a
similar project to what they are looking for, change
the bid date and location and quickly produce a new
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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
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Resolution of Construction Disputes
Alternative Dispute Resolution
By: Arthur O'Leary, FAIA, MRIAI
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) refers to the various
private voluntary dispute resolution methods available to us
in addition to the state-provided court system. Most are a
practical, usually faster and less expensive, alternative to
the usual court litigation.
The public courts of justice are open to all citizens who
wish to use them. Court costs are nominal but the procedures
are so ponderous and time consuming that legal fees and
related costs can easily get out of hand. Court backlogs
have become prodigious, running from several months up to
Many construction industry disputes are based on
misunderstandings related to the practical and technical
aspects of design or construction rather than on strict
application of complicated legal principles. Other disputes
are based on different interpretations of customs,
standards, and practices in the industry. Legally trained
judges are well equipped to hear arcane legal arguments
presented to them by lawyers educated in the nuances of the
law. However the court system is not at its best when making
judgments on many construction industry matters.
The Anatomy of
a Perfect Bid
DCD, Industry Associations Announce Best Project Estimate
Preparing an accurate, complete construction
bid requires the perfect intersection of a unique (and often
evasive) combination of elements. Project knowledge, design
insight, historical data, the ability to predict and adjust
for ever-changing variables, and a healthy dose of luck all
factor into the estimating equation. Cost estimating can be
both challenging and frustrating, but it’s the exactness of
the science – and the lack of it – that attracts and entices
estimating professionals constantly trying to hit the moving
It seems simple enough: An estimate is a calculation of the
quantities of various items of work and the expenses likely
to be incurred during the course of that work. How the
estimate compares to the actual costs, however, depend on
the accuracy of the professional’s methods and his ability
to visualize the work. Under-estimating can result in a
shock to the client – and possible abandonment or drastic
modification of the project. Over-estimating may lose the
estimating professional his client, his job – or at very
least, his confidence.
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Software Saves Time, Money and Paper for AEC Industry
“Going Green” by saving resources is a major
part of doing business for most organizations today, and
this is especially true for the AEC industry which is
striving to reduce the massive amounts of paper used on a
project. To help the AEC industry reduce its paper usage,
Bluebeam Software, Inc., offers powerful PDF technology that
allows electronic sharing of information. Bluebeam’s PDF
program can be used to mark-up and edit plans during the
design review process, submit RFIs, send out bid documents,
perform on-screen take-offs for estimating, and archive
Bluebeam PDF Revu® is a simple and more affordable alternative to
current PDF editing tools, which are difficult to use and
prohibit an electronic workflow. It has a simple interface
that allows the user to view large format PDF drawings. Key
benefits include reduced paper costs, time savings, clear
communication (leading to less confusion and fewer
mistakes), and more efficient workflow.
Selected by DLR Group as Enterprise Specification Solution
InterSpec Inc., the industry leading provider of BIM
integrated construction specification software and services,
today announced DLR Group has selected its patented e-SPECS
solutions as the firm’s Building Information Modeling (BIM)
Specification Solution. DLR Group is an integrated design
firm providing architecture, engineering, planning, and
interior design for corporate, higher education, justice,
K-12 education and sports clients. Each of the firm’s 15
offices across the country has embraced BIM and uses it to
enhance the design services available to clients.
InterSpec’s patented e-SPECS software solutions automate the
preparation of construction specifications and selection of
products and materials that are incorporated into commercial
construction projects. InterSpec’s e-SPECS products are used
by thousands of architects, engineers and construction
professionals to help them keep their construction drawings
and specifications in sync while reducing the overall cost
DCD Cost Trends
Design Cost Data™ magazine and BNi®
Building News are devoted to bringing the industry critical
information to assist in developing reliable cost estimates.
To help the construction professional project future
building costs, each issue of Design Cost Data includes an editorial section on Cost Trends.
The DCD Sq. Ft.
DCD maintains the DCD Archives, an archive of over 1,200 actual projects
featured in DCD online at DCD.COM. The following cost guides
have been compiled from projects archived in the DCD
escalated to the month and year of the DCD publication date
and to a historical location factor of 1.
From Eyesore to
Opportunity: Adapting an Older Building for a New Use
It is inevitable
that structures will age and outgrow their original intended
function. With changes in technology and lifestyle,
construction design is constantly updated to meet modern
demands and older structures are left in the wake of change.
Those sensitive to history may prefer to restore older
structures to their former glory, however, associated costs
often make this plan unrealistic. An alternate concept is
adaptive reuse – a process of retrofitting buildings for new
uses, which allows structures to retain their historic
integrity, while providing for the occupants’ modern needs.
In the pursuit of sustainable development, communities have much to
gain from adaptively reusing buildings. Bypassing the
wasteful process of demolition and reconstruction alone
sells the environmental benefits of adaptive reuse.
Environmental benefits, combined with energy savings and the
social advantage of recycling a valued heritage place make
adaptive reuse an essential component of sustainable
development. Historic buildings give us a glimpse of our
past, while lending character and serving a new practical
purpose in our modern communities. An old factory may become
an apartment complex, a run-down church may find new life as
a condominium building, or an old office building may be
transformed into a vibrant retail facility. In many ways, an
adaptive reuse project can invigorate a community by meeting
the changing needs of the population.