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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