Construction Cost Estimates for Library in National, US

The following analysis estimates the cost to build a library using US National Average costs from 2013 RSMeans cost data. Costs are derived from a building model that assumes basic components, using union labor for a 22000 square foot building.

Scope differences and market conditions can cause costs to vary significantly. To see an estimate of the costs to build a library in a specific city or metropolitan area, go to our index of library models by state.

NOTE: This cost estimate uses 2013 RSMeans data. A more accurate estimate using current RSMeans cost data is available on RSMeans Online - our online cost estimating tool.

Library Construction Cost Assumptions
Location: US National Average
Stories: 2
Story Height (L.F.): 14.00
Floor Area (S.F.): 22000
Basement Included: No
Data Release: Year 2013

Library Square Foot Cost Assuming Face Brick with Concrete Block Back-up / R/Conc. Frame

Cost Estimate (Union Labor) % of Total Cost Per SF Cost
Total $118.80 $2,613,500
Contractor Fees (GC,Overhead,Profit) 25% $29.70 $653,400
Architectural Fees 8% $11.88 $261,400
Total Building Cost $160.37 $3,528,200
Cost Estimate (Open Shop) % of Total Cost Per SF Cost
Total $107.93 $2,374,500
Contractor Fees (GC,Overhead,Profit) 25% $26.98 $593,600
Architectural Fees 8% $10.79 $237,500
Total Building Cost $145.71 $3,205,600

Library Square Foot Cost Assuming Face Brick with Concrete Block Back-up / Steel Frame

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Library Square Foot Cost Assuming Limestone with Concrete Block / R/Conc. Frame

Cost Estimate (Union Labor) % of Total Cost Per SF Cost
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Library Square Foot Cost Assuming Limestone with Concrete Block / Steel Frame

Cost Estimate (Union Labor) % of Total Cost Per SF Cost
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Library Square Foot Cost Assuming Precast Concrete Panels / R/Conc. Frame

Cost Estimate (Union Labor) % of Total Cost Per SF Cost
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Library Square Foot Cost Assuming Precast Concrete Panels / Steel Frame

Cost Estimate (Union Labor) % of Total Cost Per SF Cost
Total Interested in the complete estimate?
Contractor Fees (GC,Overhead,Profit)
Architectural Fees
Total Building Cost $---.-- $-,---,---.--
Cost Estimate (Open Shop) % of Total Cost Per SF Cost
Total Interested in the complete estimate?
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Architectural Fees
Total Building Cost $---.-- $-,---,---.--