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RSMeans’ Longest-running Publication, Building Construction Cost Data, Celebrates 70 Years

Nov 10, 2011

Continuing the tradition of quality cost estimating since 1942

NORCROSS, GA (November 10, 2011) – RSMeans, North America’s leading supplier of construction cost information and a division of Reed Construction Data, today announced the 70th anniversary of its first publication, the industry-acclaimed Building Construction Cost Data (BCCD). 

Released in 1942 with just 1,000 cost line items, Building Construction Cost Data has become one of the most comprehensive sources for cost estimating information.  Today, BCCD tracks over 23,000 cost line items and includes detailed cost data for commercial construction – both new construction and renovation work, as well as materials, equipment and labor costs for green construction and industry-specific mechanical, electrical and plumbing data.

“Building Construction Cost Data has maintained its reputation as a valuable, quality cost data resource– in fact, a must-have database for many of our clients. We take pride in the fact that BCCD continues to meet the market need for accurate, timely and thorough cost estimating information,” said John Shea, Vice President of Sales, RSMeans. 

RSMeans, founded by Robert Snow Means, was built on the principal to “always deliver a quality product.” Maintaining that high level of commitment to quality, BCCD provides up-to-date, regionally-customizable data that reflects costs in more than 930 locations within the United States and Canada. The company now offers 20 specialized cost data titles, in a choice of book, online and CD formats.

John Shea adds, “At RSMeans, we have stayed close to our roots of quality and thoroughness in our data. While we have grown with technology through the years, Building Construction Cost Data has remained true to Robert Snow Means’ original commitment to always deliver a quality product.”

Additional facts about RSMeans:

  • 1942 – Published its first cost book, Building Construction Cost Data, the first of 20 cost data titles
  • 1978 – Conducted its first training seminar, based on Building Construction Cost Data book
  • 1980 – Published its first reference publication, Means Scheduling Manual, the first of 60 professional reference titles
  • 1995 – Formed Business Solutions group, offering consulting expertise in cost engineering, research and database management
  • 2007 – Launched Means CostWorks.com, its online, customizable cost database

Special pricing is being offered by RSMeans to celebrate 70 years of Building Construction Cost Data. For a limited time, all RSMeans cost data titles are offered at a 20% savings, with free shipping.

To purchase Building Construction Cost Data or other RSMeans cost data titles, visit: www.rsmeans.com.

About RSMeans
Founded in 1940 by Robert Snow Means, RSMeans, a division of Reed Construction Data, is North America’s leading source of construction cost information.  Based on a recent independent study, RSMeans has been identified as the clear market leader for construction cost data, outranking the competition five-to-one.  For seventy years, it continues to offer dependable cost data that is locally relevant, accurate and up-to-date.  Available in convenient book, CD or online format, RSMeans tools are designed to help owners, developers, architects, engineers, and contractors estimate and control construction costs.  Specialists are on staff to assist with cost data and estimating needs.  Construction professionals may also utilize seminars and consulting services for added support. 


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Reed Construction Data
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Reed Construction Data, a division of Reed Business Information and the Inaugural Strategic Partner of the AIA, is a leading North American provider of construction information through a diverse portfolio of innovative products and services. Reed offers its customers construction project leads, building product information, construction cost tools, construction news through a suite of online and print references — all valuable resources for architects, engineers, contractors, manufacturers, distributors and other professionals in the construction industry. For more information, visit www.reedconstructiondata.com or call 877-REED411.

Reed Business Information, a part of the Reed Elsevier Group plc (NYSE:RUK and ENL), is North America’s largest business-to-business information provider, with more than 80 market-leading publications, 55 Websites and a range of leading business-to-business services.