RSMeans’ dollar-per-square-foot construction costs for four types of accommodation buildings - June

08/02/2013 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 accommodation-type buildings – a four-to-seven story hotel, an eight-to-24 story hotel, a two-to-three story motel and a four-to-seven story apartment building.

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 – June 2013
    MAJOR CITIES
(alphabetically)
HOTEL (4 TO 7 STORIES) HOTEL (8 TO 24 STORIES)
2013 2012   % CHANGE 2013 2012   % CHANGE
1   ATLANTA $162.12 $159.83   1.4% $180.50 $179.30   0.7%
2   BALTIMORE 171.75 168.50   1.9% 191.22 189.03   1.2%
3   BOSTON 218.65 212.21   3.0% 243.43 238.06   2.3%
4   CHICAGO 216.10 210.58   2.6% 240.59 236.23   1.8%
5   CLEVELAND 183.75 178.25   3.1% 204.58 199.97   2.3%
6   DALLAS 157.58 153.51   2.6% 175.44 172.21   1.9%
7   DENVER 172.66 170.13   1.5% 192.23 190.85   0.7%
8   DETROIT 190.11 186.02   2.2% 211.66 208.68   1.4%
9   HOUSTON 159.58 155.68   2.5% 177.66 174.64   1.7%
10   KANSAS CITY 192.29 187.10   2.8% 214.09 209.89   2.0%
11   LOS ANGELES 198.11 193.06   2.6% 220.56 216.58   1.8%
12   MIAMI 163.76 161.82   1.2% 182.32 181.53   0.4%
13   MINNEAPOLIS 202.47 201.01   0.7% 225.42 225.49   0.0%
14   NEW ORLEANS 162.67 159.47   2.0% 181.10 178.90   1.2%
15   NEW YORK CITY 243.00 238.75   1.8% 270.54 267.84   1.0%
16   PHILADELPHIA 209.92 205.16   2.3% 233.71 230.15   1.5%
17   PHOENIX 163.76 159.83   2.5% 182.32 179.30   1.7%
18   PITTSBURGH 188.47 183.31   2.8% 209.84 205.64   2.0%
19   PORTLAND 184.84 179.70   2.9% 205.79 201.59   2.1%
20   ST. LOUIS 191.56 185.12   3.5% 213.28 207.67   2.7%
21   SAN DIEGO 191.20 186.02   2.8% 212.87 208.68   2.0%
22   SAN FRANCISCO 225.55 222.86   1.2% 251.12 250.01   0.4%
23   SEATTLE 190.84 188.19   1.4% 212.47 211.11   0.6%
24   WASHINGTON, DC 179.93 177.35   1.5% 200.33 198.95   0.7%
25   WINSTON-SALEM 143.76 137.08   4.9% 160.06 153.77   4.1%
MAJOR CITIES
(alphabetically)
MOTEL (2 TO 3 STORIES) APARTMENT BUILDING (4 TO 7 STORIES)
2013 2012   % CHANGE 2013 2012   % CHANGE
1   ATLANTA $151.15 $149.57   1.1% $157.93 $155.41   1.6%
2   BALTIMORE 160.13 157.68   1.6% 167.31 163.83   2.1%
3   BOSTON 203.85 198.58   2.7% 212.99 206.33   3.2%
4   CHICAGO 201.48 197.05   2.2% 210.51 204.75   2.8%
5   CLEVELAND 171.31 166.80   2.7% 179.00 173.32   3.3%
6   DALLAS 146.91 143.65   2.3% 153.50 149.26   2.8%
7   DENVER 160.98 159.20   1.1% 168.20 165.42   1.7%
8   DETROIT 177.24 174.07   1.8% 185.19 180.87   2.4%
9   HOUSTON 148.78 145.68   2.1% 155.45 151.37   2.7%
10   KANSAS CITY 179.28 175.08   2.4% 187.32 181.92   3.0%
11   LOS ANGELES 184.70 180.66   2.2% 192.98 187.72   2.8%
12   MIAMI 152.67 151.42   0.8% 159.52 157.34   1.4%
13   MINNEAPOLIS 188.77 188.10   0.4% 197.23 195.44   0.9%
14   NEW ORLEANS 151.66 149.23   1.6% 158.46 155.05   2.2%
15   NEW YORK CITY 226.55 223.42   1.4% 236.72 232.14   2.0%
16   PHILADELPHIA 195.71 191.98   1.9% 204.49 199.48   2.5%
17   PHOENIX 152.67 149.57   2.1% 159.52 155.41   2.6%
18   PITTSBURGH 175.72 171.54   2.4% 183.60 178.23   3.0%
19   PORTLAND 172.33 168.16   2.5% 180.06 174.72   3.1%
20   ST. LOUIS 178.60 173.23   3.1% 186.61 179.99   3.7%
21   SAN DIEGO 178.26 174.07   2.4% 186.26 180.87   3.0%
22   SAN FRANCISCO 210.29 208.55   0.8% 219.72 216.69   1.4%
23   SEATTLE 177.92 176.10   1.0% 185.90 182.98   1.6%
24   WASHINGTON, DC 167.76 165.96   1.1% 175.28 172.44   1.6%
25   WINSTON-SALEM 134.03 128.27   4.5% 140.05 133.28   5.1%
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 2013 ranking of major U.S. cities
Hotel (4 to 7 stories) construction cost: June 2013 ranking of major U.S. cities
Hotel (8 to 24 stories) construction cost:
June 2013 ranking of major U.S. cities
Hotel (8 to 24 stories) construction cost June 2013 ranking of major U.S. cities
Motel (2 to 3 stories) construction cost:
June 2013 ranking of major U.S. cities
Motel (2 to 3 stories) construction cost: June 2013 ranking of major U.S. cities
Apartment building (4 to 7 stories) construction cost:
June 2013 ranking of major U.S. cities
Apartment building (4 to 7 stories) construction cost: June 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