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Jan/Feb Cost Trends for 2009
Educational Building Cost Guide
LEED Square Foot Cost Guide
Metal Construction Cost Guide
Commercial & Ind Cost Guide
Building Sq Foot Cost Guide
Medical Building Cost Guide
DCD Green Library
comprehensive project library on CD-ROM of LEED® and
Sustainable Building Costs is now available from
Design Cost Data magazine. The DCD Green Library
includes 59 projects along with informative articles
& DCD cost guides on Green Building. Projects are
organized by building type and escalated to January
2009 and January 2010.
Architect's Square Foot
The theme of this year's
edition is Commercial and Industrial Buildings.
Also, over one quarter of the case studies presented
feature significant green building strategies as
indicated by the LEED® Rating system, encompassing
recycled construction waste, recycled material
content and re-use, recycled rainwater,
bio-retention and wetland storm management, indoor
environmental air quality, energy efficient
lighting, hybrid HVAC systems, green roofs, and
native or adaptive vegetation.
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Which Documents Govern when they Differ?
Precedence of the Contract Documents
By Arthur F. O'Leary, FAIA, MRIAI
Considering the extraordinary volume of data contained in
the typical set of construction documents, literally
hundreds of thousands of information bits, it is surprising
that we do not see more errors, ambiguities,
inconsistencies, and anomalies. Fortunately, most errors
encountered after the documents are released are trivial and
cause no more than momentary pause and possibly some degree
of professional embarrassment to the architect, with little
or no economic or practical consequence to the owner or
School Security Post-Columbine
The More We Learn, The More Challenges Remain
By Lynn Murray
So often in the
course of history, it’s difficult to pinpoint the exact
dates or events that changed the way we do things. But April
20, 1999 – and more recently, April 16, 2007, mark the
history books as days of infamy for school safety and
The Columbine High School tragedy, now almost a decade
behind us, was the wake-up call that bad things can and do
happen in our schools. Unfortunately, it became the
universal example for dozens of other smaller countless and
senseless acts of school violence across the nation. And
less than two years ago, when our awareness of such tragic
events had diminished, the campus massacre at Virginia Tech
one cool spring morning once again reminded us that we
cannot afford to take safety and security for granted.
DLR Group Delivers
Wayne Lyman Morse United States Courthouse,
a New Paradigm in Courthouse Design
paradigm in courthouse design is being realized for the
Wayne Lyman Morse U.S. Courthouse through the General
Services Administration’s “Design Excellence Program,” which
brings new focus to the design quality of federally-procured
DLR Group, created a courthouse that bridged the chasm
that is widely agreed to have developed over the past two
centuries between “us” the citizens and “them” the
government. By focusing on concepts of integrity, vitality,
dignity and substance, the building was infused with imagery
that beckons all citizens to reclaim their proprietary
relationship to our system of justice.
Dampens Leak Problems
By: John Lewis
through exterior walls is a serious concern of architects,
product manufacturers, contractors and building owners.
Fenestration products typically receive the greatest
However, product design is not so likely to be the
cause of leakage problems. Fenestration products that meet
the code-mandated standard AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/I.S.2/A440-05,
Standard/Specification for Windows, Doors, and Unit
Skylights and its predecessors must pass ASTM E547 and/or
E331 water leakage tests of increasing stringency depending
on their Performance Grade (PG) and Performance Class.
Laboratory water penetration spray tests simulate
wind-driven rain by simultaneously applying air pressure at
15 percent of Design Pressure (DP) for all window
performance classes except AW, for which it is 20 percent of
the DP. The AAMA Certification label verifies conformance
with this standard and is the foundation for water
Architecture Billings Index Drops
to All Time Low for Second Straight Month
Commercial sector continues slide as
institutional market follows suit
Business conditions at architecture firms continue to
deteriorate, with the Architecture Billings Index (ABI)
posting its lowest level since the survey began in 1995
for the second month in a row. 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
November ABI rating was 34.7, down from the 36.2 mark in
October (any score above 50 indicates an increase in
billings). The inquiries for new projects score was
38.3, also a historic low point.
Seven Public Relations Sins You
Must Never Commit
From a Building & Real Estate PR Pro
Turn to PR when times get tough," says Dick Pirozzolo,
Boston area expert
"Advertising is saying nice things about yourself,
Public Relations is getting others to say nice things
about you." Despite numerous lofty definitions of PR,
that succinct characterization by veteran Boston ad man
Jon Goward, says it best.
"And in tough economic times � when ad budgets get thin
�� Public Relations has to work harder," says public
relations authority Dick Pirozzolo, adding, "A
well-planned and executed public relations strategy will
maintain brand awareness during a down cycle; maintain
market share, establish your company's ability to manage
in both tough times and good, and generate qualified
sales leads." His Wellesley, Massachusetts firm,
Pirozzolo Company Public Relations, has been helping
manufacturers, professionals and governments reach the
media and influence decisions makers for nearly three
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