Design Cost Data Magazine (DCD) is the most unique
magazine in the building industry. Published since 1958, DCD gives building
professionals the power to budget and cost estimate with real cost data from actual
construction projects across the nation.
that DCD was built on is now an industry standard. We believe that the one
most reliable and adequate units of measure for preliminary cost estimating lies
in the historical cost data of actual completed construction. What we learn from
the past is the best benchmark available for future construction. By taking this
historical data and by applying cost-factors, such as scientific cost escalators
and regional modifiers, this historical data becomes a benchmark for preliminary
or pre-construction cost estimates for today and tomorrow's new construction.
Based on this philosophy DCD was founded and is the only publication that has
devoted its life exclusively to building the nation's largest database of actual
construction costs on projects built in the United States.
DCD is published
bi-monthly and is available in print or in a digital format on www.dcd.com. The
archives of DCD, over 1,400 projects with regional modifiers and cost indices
through 2017, are available on www.dcd.com for industry use.