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I have an open carport on the side of my house and I want to enclose it into a garage.
This means I will have a wall built on the existing concrete slab.
What is the minimum footing for a concrete wall in Tennessee and do I need to get a local permit?read answer
We are currently in the process of designing a new 2 story, 9,000 square foot retail building. The previous building was damaged by a tornado, and subsequently torn down. The project will go out to bid to 8 general contractors.
My question is about "standard" general contractor rates. Obviously, their profit is going to be a percentage of the "cost of construction." What is a currently competitive percentage, as we begin to review bids?
Thank you!read answer
A twitter follower responded to RCD Chief Economist Bernard Markstein's recent article Construction Spending Inches up in March.
Compare March data to expected based on any year in last 8 not the Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR) and see that we just had the worst March in 8 years. Isn't it down not up?read answer
Should the influence of seasonal weather on price or productivity be applied to civil construction estimating?
What percentage increase to price or decrease to productivity should be applied to a civil construction (soil and rock excavation) job schedule of November through June versus April through November?read answer
What would you advise on the overall unit construction rate (all fees included and basement construction cost) for the following two structures:
1. Shell and core office building with double glazing facade and 7% solid surface.
Construction area of ca. 1.4 million sq.ft with a leasable area of 0.53 million sq.ft having 5 basement car parking structure (0.39 million sq.ft).
2. Residential buidling fully finished (unfurnished) with double glazing facade and 20% solid surface.
Construction area 4.33 million sq.ft (72 floors) with a mixed use leasable area of 0.74 million sq.ft shell and core office space and 0.76 million sq.ft residential component.
The building would have 5 basements (1.03 million sq.ft), 5 podium levels parking space (0.86 million sq.ft).
The construction was presumed to start by the end of 2008 and the cost study was supposed to have taken place in Nov. 2007. The rates include the cost if the enabling works (shoring, excavation, dewatering, etc) and all soft costs such as consultant fees, project management fees, authorities fees, excluding taxes.
I would really appreciate your feed back on the above and/or a sound technical firm who may assist with this matter.read answer