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RSMeans’ dollars-per-square-foot construction costs: accommodation table and graphs

07/06/2011 by Alex Carrick, RCD Canadian Chief Economist

Accompanying this report is a table and graphs based on RSMeans’ measures of dollar-per-square-foot construction costs. The results for 25 major cities are shown for four accommodation-type buildings. For the full report, including commentary on the outlook for construction costs, please read the article, RSMeans' dollars-per-square-foot construction costs: accommodation and college building types.

U.S. dollars per square foot construction costs –
By type of structure – June 2011
    MAJOR CITIES
(ALPHABETICALLY)
HOTEL (4 TO 7 STORIES) HOTEL (8 TO 24 STORIES)
2011 2010   % Change 2011 2010   % Change
1   ATLANTA $149.52 $144.25   3.7% $159.04 $155.69   2.2%
2   BALTIMORE 158.22 151.67   4.3% 168.29 163.70   2.8%
3   BOSTON 199.86 192.81   3.7% 212.59 208.11   2.2%
4   CHICAGO 198.36 190.23   4.3% 210.99 205.32   2.8%
5   CLEVELAND 167.75 161.83   3.7% 178.43 174.67   2.2%
6   DALLAS 144.00 139.08   3.5% 153.17 150.12   2.0%
7   DENVER 158.72 154.25   2.9% 168.83 166.49   1.4%
8   DETROIT 173.44 168.29   3.1% 184.48 181.64   1.6%
9   HOUSTON 146.51 141.67   3.4% 155.84 152.90   1.9%
10   KANSAS CITY 174.27 168.45   3.5% 185.37 181.81   2.0%
11   LOS ANGELES 181.63 175.23   3.7% 193.20 189.13   2.2%
12   MIAMI 152.20 147.15   3.4% 161.89 158.82   1.9%
13   MINNEAPOLIS 189.66 183.45   3.4% 201.74 198.01   1.9%
14   NEW ORLEANS 147.85 143.60   3.0% 157.26 154.99   1.5%
15   NEW YORK CITY 223.78 217.02   3.1% 238.03 234.23   1.6%
16   PHILADELPHIA 194.01 187.65   3.4% 206.36 202.54   1.9%
17   PHOENIX 149.35 143.92   3.8% 158.86 155.34   2.3%
18   PITTSBURGH 171.10 164.42   4.1% 181.99 177.46   2.6%
19   PORTLAND 170.09 164.09   3.7% 180.92 177.11   2.2%
20   ST. LOUIS 173.77 167.97   3.5% 184.84 181.29   2.0%
21   SAN DIEGO 175.28 169.58   3.4% 186.44 183.03   1.9%
22   SAN FRANCISCO 207.72 200.40   3.7% 220.95 216.29   2.2%
23   SEATTLE 176.95 171.84   3.0% 188.22 185.47   1.5%
24   WASHINGTON, DC 166.08 161.19   3.0% 176.65 173.98   1.5%
25   WINSTON-SALEM 128.45 124.40   3.3% 136.63 134.27   1.8%
MAJOR CITIES
(alphabetically)
motel (2 to 3 stories) apartment building (4 to 7 stories)
2011 2010 % Change 2011 2010 % Change
1   ATLANTA $144.65 $140.67   2.8% $148.09 $140.98   5.0%
2   BALTIMORE 153.06 147.91   3.5% 156.70 148.24   5.7%
3   BOSTON 193.35 188.03   2.8% 197.95 188.45   5.0%
4   CHICAGO 191.89 185.52   3.4% 196.46 185.93   5.7%
5   CLEVELAND 162.29 157.82   2.8% 166.15 158.17   5.0%
6   DALLAS 139.31 135.64   2.7% 142.62 135.94   4.9%
7   DENVER 153.55 150.43   2.1% 157.20 150.76   4.3%
8   DETROIT 167.79 164.12   2.2% 171.78 164.48   4.4%
9   HOUSTON 141.74 138.15   2.6% 145.11 138.46   4.8%
10   KANSAS CITY 168.60 164.27   2.6% 172.61 164.64   4.8%
11   LOS ANGELES 175.71 170.88   2.8% 179.90 171.26   5.0%
12   MIAMI 147.24 143.50   2.6% 150.74 143.82   4.8%
13   MINNEAPOLIS 183.48 178.91   2.6% 187.85 179.30   4.8%
14   NEW ORLEANS 143.03 140.04   2.1% 146.43 140.35   4.3%
15   NEW YORK CITY 216.49 211.64   2.3% 221.64 212.11   4.5%
16   PHILADELPHIA 187.69 183.00   2.6% 192.15 183.41   4.8%
17   PHOENIX 144.49 140.36   2.9% 147.93 140.67   5.2%
18   PITTSBURGH 165.52 160.34   3.2% 169.46 160.70   5.5%
19   PORTLAND 164.55 160.02   2.8% 168.47 160.38   5.0%
20   ST. LOUIS 168.11 163.80   2.6% 172.11 164.17   4.8%
21   SAN DIEGO 169.57 165.37   2.5% 173.60 165.74   4.7%
22   SAN FRANCISCO 200.96 195.43   2.8% 205.74 195.86   5.0%
23   SEATTLE 171.18 167.58   2.2% 175.26 167.95   4.4%
24   WASHINGTON, DC 160.67 157.19   2.2% 164.49 157.54   4.4%
25   WINSTON-SALEM 124.26 121.32   2.4% 127.22 121.59   4.6%
Data source: Tables were abstracted from RSMeans cost data publications for the A/E/C industry. For more information about RSMeans Square Foot Cost Guide and RSMeans CCI (Construction Cost Index), which indexes square foot costs for cities in the U.S. and Canada, visit the online bookstore at www.rsmeans.com and click on cost data publications (or call 1-800-448-8182).
Charts: Reed Construction Data – RS Means and CanaData.

Hotel (4 to 7 stories) construction cost:
June 2011 ranking of major U.S. cities
Hotel (4 to 7 stories) construction cost: June 2011 ranking of major U.S. cities
Hotel (8 to 24 stories) construction cost:
June 2011 ranking of major U.S. cities
Hotel (8 to 24 stories) construction cost: June 2011 ranking of major U.S. cities
Motel (2 to 3 stories) construction cost:
February 2011 ranking of major U.S. cities
Motel (2 to 3 stories) construction cost: June 2011 ranking of major U.S. cities
Apartment building (4 to 7 stories) construction cost:
June 2011 ranking of major U.S. cities
Apartment building (4 to 7 stories) construction cost: June 2011 ranking of major U.S. cities
These charts and tables were abstracted from RSMeans cost data publications for the A/E/C industry. For more information about RSMeans Square Foot Cost Guide and RSMeans CCI (Construction Cost Index), which indexes square foot costs for cities in the U.S. and Canada, visit the online bookstore at www.rsmeans.com and click on cost data publications (or call 1-800-448-8182).
Data source: Reed Construction Data – RSMeans (www.rsmeans.com).
Charts: Reed Construction Data – CanaData

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