RSMeans’ dollar-per-square-foot construction costs for 4 types of recreational buildings - May 2013

05/01/2013 by Alex Carrick

Accompanying this report are tables and graphs based on RSMeans’ measures of dollar-per-square-foot construction costs.

This month’s results are for four types of recreational buildings – a swimming pool, racquetball court, bowling alley and an indoor stadium for hockey or soccer.

Comparisons with other types of structure

According to RSMeans, the cheapest types of structure to build, after extremely low-cost parking garages, are factories and warehouses.

A convenience store also belongs in this low-expense grouping.

Department stores and movie theatres are a little pricier. 

In the mid-range for construction costs are nursing homes, office buildings, hotels and high-rise apartment buildings.

In the latter three categories, heights above ten stories tend to lower the dollar-per-square-footage cost.

Also in the mid-range for construction costs are elementary and secondary schools, along with institutions of higher learning.

By far the most expensive types of structure to build are hospitals, jails/prisons, courthouses and police stations.

Some of the foregoing institutional building categories exceed $350 per square foot in the largest urban centers.

In New York, for example, the cost of a low-rise hospital exceeds $400 per square foot. 

U.S. dollars per square foot construction costs –
By type of structure – May 2013
    MAJOR CITIES
(alphabetically)
SWIMMING POOL (ENCLOSED) RACQUETBALL COURT
2013 2012   % CHANGE 2013 2012   % CHANGE
1   ATLANTA $210.08 $214.81     n/a $159.98 $157.44   1.6%
2   BALTIMORE 222.12 227.56     n/a 169.14 166.78   1.4%
3   BOSTON 282.55 288.42     n/a 215.16 211.38   1.8%
4   CHICAGO 280.19 284.57     n/a 213.36 208.56   2.3%
5   CLEVELAND 237.23 240.79     n/a 180.65 176.48   2.4%
6   DALLAS 203.00 207.84     n/a 154.59 152.32   1.5%
7   DENVER 222.36 229.24     n/a 169.32 168.01   0.8%
8   DETROIT 246.44 251.86     n/a 187.66 184.59   1.7%
9   HOUSTON 205.36 211.20     n/a 156.38 154.79   1.0%
10   KANSAS CITY 248.32 252.58     n/a 189.10 185.12   2.1%
11   LOS ANGELES 255.64 260.52     n/a 194.67 190.93   2.0%
12   MIAMI 213.15 218.42     n/a 162.31 160.08   1.4%
13   MINNEAPOLIS 262.25 270.14     n/a 199.70 197.98   0.9%
14   NEW ORLEANS 210.08 216.01     n/a 159.98 158.32   1.0%
15   NEW YORK CITY 314.65 322.34     n/a 239.61 236.24   1.4%
16   PHILADELPHIA 271.22 279.04     n/a 206.53 204.51   1.0%
17   PHOENIX 211.26 216.50     n/a 160.88 158.67   1.4%
18   PITTSBURGH 244.31 247.53     n/a 186.04 181.41   2.6%
19   PORTLAND 237.23 241.27     n/a 180.65 176.83   2.2%
20   ST. LOUIS 245.49 248.97     n/a 186.94 182.47   2.4%
21   SAN DIEGO 246.44 250.17     n/a 187.66 183.35   2.4%
22   SAN FRANCISCO 292.23 298.76     n/a 222.53 218.96   1.6%
23   SEATTLE 246.67 254.02     n/a 187.84 186.17   0.9%
24   WASHINGTON, DC 232.51 238.39     n/a 177.05 174.71   1.3%
25   WINSTON-SALEM 186.72 187.41     n/a 142.18 137.71   3.2%
MAJOR CITIES
(alphabetically)
BOWLING ALLEY HOCKEY RINK/INDOOR SOCCER
2013 2012   % CHANGE 2013 2012   % CHANGE
1   ATLANTA $142.99 $142.57   0.3% $158.55 $156.45   1.3%
2   BALTIMORE 151.12 151.03   0.1% 167.64 165.74   1.1%
3   BOSTON 191.88 191.42   0.2% 213.25 210.06   1.5%
4   CHICAGO 190.28 188.87   0.7% 211.46 207.26   2.0%
5   CLEVELAND 161.10 159.81   0.8% 179.04 175.38   2.1%
6   DALLAS 138.06 137.94   0.1% 153.21 151.37   1.2%
7   DENVER 152.19 152.15   0.0% 167.82 166.97   0.5%
8   DETROIT 167.35 167.15   0.1% 185.99 183.43   1.4%
9   HOUSTON 140.23 140.17   0.0% 154.99 153.83   0.8%
10   KANSAS CITY 168.64 167.63   0.6% 187.41 183.96   1.9%
11   LOS ANGELES 173.60 172.90   0.4% 192.94 189.74   1.7%
12   MIAMI 145.04 144.96   0.1% 160.87 159.08   1.1%
13   MINNEAPOLIS 179.70 179.29   0.2% 197.92 196.75   0.6%
14   NEW ORLEANS 143.44 143.37   0.0% 158.55 157.33   0.8%
15   NEW YORK CITY 214.19 213.93   0.1% 237.47 234.77   1.2%
16   PHILADELPHIA 185.24 185.19   0.0% 204.69 203.23   0.7%
17   PHOENIX 143.81 143.69   0.1% 159.44 157.68   1.1%
18   PITTSBURGH 165.91 164.28   1.0% 184.39 180.28   2.3%
19   PORTLAND 161.10 160.13   0.6% 179.04 175.73   1.9%
20   ST. LOUIS 166.71 165.24   0.9% 185.28 181.33   2.2%
21   SAN DIEGO 167.35 166.04   0.8% 185.99 182.21   2.1%
22   SAN FRANCISCO 199.73 198.29   0.7% 220.55 217.60   1.4%
23   SEATTLE 168.67 168.59   0.0% 186.17 185.01   0.6%
24   WASHINGTON, DC 158.54 158.21   0.2% 175.48 173.62   1.1%
25   WINSTON-SALEM 126.80 124.63   1.7% 140.92 136.82   3.0%
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.

Enclosed swimming pool construction cost:
May 2013 ranking of major U.S. cities
Enclosed swimming pool construction cost: May 2013 ranking of major U.S. cities
Racquetball court construction cost:
May 2013 ranking of major U.S. cities
Racquetball court construction cost: May 2013 ranking of major U.S. cities
Bowling alley construction cost:
May 2013 ranking of major U.S. cities
Bowling alley construction cost: May 2013 ranking of major U.S. cities
Hockey rink/indoor soccer construction cost:
May 2013 ranking of major U.S. cities
Hockey rink/indoor soccer construction cost: May 2013 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 – RS Means (www.rsmeans.com).
Charts: Reed Construction Data – CanaData