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Mar/Apr Cost Trends for 2009
Jan/Feb Cost Trends for 2009
Medical Building Cost Guide
Educational Building Cost Guide
LEED Square Foot Cost Guide
Metal Construction Cost Guide
Commercial & Ind Cost Guide
Building Sq Foot Cost Guide
ENR/DCR Square-Foot Costbook 2009
in partnership with Engineering News Record, Design
Cost Data, and BNi Building News, this
ready-reference costbook also features illustrations
of each building type, a guide to 5-year cost trends
for key building materials, Plus detailed
unit-in-place costs for thousands of items -- from
asphalt and anchor bolts, to vents and wall louvres.
By purchasing this book, you will also receive the
2010 edition, on a no-risk free trial basis.
DCD Green Library
A comprehensive project
library on CD-ROM of LEED and Sustainable Building
Costs is now available from Design Cost Data
magazine. A must have with the current market
moving green. 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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Who Is Responsible for the Weather?
Who should pay for delays caused by
By Arthur F. O'Leary, FAIA, MRIAI
This article is
based on construction contracts that include the AIA General
Conditions of the Contract, AIA Document A201-2007.
Some construction contracts allow time extension for any and all
weather delays whereas others allow only for abnormal
weather or adverse weather conditions not reasonably
The AIA General Conditions, A201-2007 provides, in Clause 188.8.131.52,
"If adverse weather conditions are the basis for a Claim for
additional time, such Claim shall be documented by data
substantiating that weather conditions were abnormal for the
period of time, could not have been reasonably anticipated
and had an adverse effect on the scheduled construction".
In every day practice, this provision could cause as many disputes
as it was intended to resolve. Moreover, it creates
administrative headaches for architects and contractors
alike. It would be difficult for a contractor to obtain
convincing documentation substantiating that weather
conditions were abnormal for the period of time.
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Red Goes Green
Sustainable Design Becomes Part of Triage
for Fire and
By Lynn Murray
When it comes
to green building initiatives, most fire and rescue stations
have not been first responders. But as larger municipalities
across the country begin to see their investments pay off in
long-term cost savings, more cities are putting green on the
It is no surprise that green building for fire stations (and
municipal facilities in general) has been a slow process.
While public structures traditionally strive to set an
example for their communities, the government building
process is often slow, mired in political red tape, and
restricted in budget. And while few would dispute that
sustainable design and green building practice are good
ideas, changing established protocol to accommodate these
ideas simply wasn’t an emergency.
FAU Fort Lauderdale Installs City’s First
Large-Scale Solar Roof Project on
Higher Education Complex
Also known as
the building skin, building envelope systems were first
pioneered by Henry® Company in the early 1970’s as a way to
improve management over a building’s internal environment
and to inhibit the deterioration of the building materials
used in construction.
Air barriers are a central component of any building envelope
system, and its primary vocation is to address air flow
between a building and the outside environment. Air diffuses
through surfaces like concrete block and channels through
imperfections between building materials, but easy to
install Henry air barrier products redirect the air flow
back and can significantly reduce a building’s energy
The Up Side of A Slow Economy & How It Can Improve Your
By Ed Walsh
Posted with the permission
American Society of Professional Estimators
First question most
of you will likely ask is “what upside is there to a slow
economy”? I’ll admit there can be a challenge to finding it.
The truth is most construction companies have been running
so flat out for the last four to five years they have not
had time for much housekeeping, and often lack of good
housekeeping can cause long term problems.
When we talk about housekeeping we aren’t referring to cleaning
windows obviously, we’re talking about training staff,
hiring better qualified personnel and upgrading technology
to get work done better and faster.
If a piece of equipment on a job site gets broken, chances
are its fixed immediately or replaced because it causes too
much down time and inefficient use of field labor. On the
other hand when a company runs flat out they may limp along
with lower skilled workers in middle management, less
skilled estimators and estimating software that has limited
capacity. I’ve heard from many employers who echo that
Architecture Billings Index
Remains at Historically Low Levels
continues to be hardest hit by economic downturn
Following consecutive months with record low scores,
with the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) moved up only
very modestly, signifying that the design industry
remains mired in a steep downturn. As a leading economic
indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the
approximate nine to twelve month lag time between
architecture billings and construction spending. The
American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the
December ABI rating was 36.4, up from the 34.7 mark in
November (any score above 50 indicates an increase in
billings). The inquiries for new projects score was
EXCEPTIONAL® Metals Announces New
Metals Reference ManualEXCEPTIONAL Metals, a division of
Duro-Last® Roofing, Inc., announced the availability of
a new reference manual at its recent National Sales
Seminar in Daytona Beach, Florida.
The new piece showcases the products, edge details, and accessories
available from EXCEPTIONAL Metals along with CAD
drawings of these products, technical data, and a metal
color chart. The new product reference manual is
available online via the Duro-Last and EXCEPTIONAL
Metals web sites.
New Horton ICU Door System Adds
Self-Closing Function Without Electrical Installation
ICU Door SystemEasily substituted for standard operating
ICU door packages, the newest Profiler® ICU door system
from Horton Automatics adds the convenience of a
self-closing function without requiring electrical
installation in healthcare facilities.
Horton's new self-closing, single slide door system utilizes a
built-in spring that is fully concealed in a slim 4 x 6
header. In use, the sliding panel opens manually like a
regular ICU door, and then closes touch-free. The door
system has a hold open feature with full breakout
capability for wider openings, ideal for moving patient
beds and equipment.
New Study Reveals Shake-up in the
Most Promising Markets for 2009
just-released 2009 AEC Industry Outlook: Strategy and
Insight for Design & Construction Firms reveals a
shake-up in the markets that firm leaders in the
architecture, engineering, and environmental consulting
industries expect to be most promising. While health
care still holds the top spot, despite the impact that
financial markets have had on project funding, three of
last year's top five ranked markets (higher education,
K-12 schools, and the office market) did not even make
the list in 2009. Instead, industry leaders have tapped
the municipal government, transportation, energy/power
and green building markets to round out the top five
most promising markets in 2009.
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