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Conceptual Cost Estimating

Cost model using actual costs from real buildings collected by DCD Magazine.

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DCD Archives Works:
  • Access to over 1,600 projects and their real cost to build. The DCD Archives is updated with each issue of DCD published increasing the amount of projects
  • Target project with regional modifiers and cost escalators
  • Customize project by changing square footage, adding, deleting, or changing building cost divisions or subdivisions
  • Print "Statement of Probable Cost"
  • Access & print the actual project cost breakdown as featured in DCD for additional validation
  • Save a project to return to later for additional customization or viewing (pick up where you left off)
“As a full time construction cost estimator, working directly with architects and engineers to develop owner’s budgets from the conceptual stage through bid documents, I find that DCD Magazine and the online database provides a substantial selection of building types, sizes and the historical costs that I can quickly reference on-line. The breakout of divisional costs along with the written descriptions of project specifications provides a solid understanding of what is included in each of the separate areas, thus providing a higher level of estimating confidence when evaluating differences in types of construction. It is also a plus, with the online database, that I can escalate a past project’s cost forward to today’s costs or the future and have regional modifiers factored into my project cost model. DCD Magazine has become a regularly used, valuable tool for our estimating staff to better understand actual costs and how they can be used in future budget estimating.”

Andrew Beebe
Senior Estimator, CPE, LEED-AP
Phoenix Engineering, Inc.

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  • Access to a massive historical project cost database is any estimator’s dream. A historical project cost database is a valuable resource to benchmark costs, determine budgets, to establish a project’s feasibility and more. The DCD Archives has the largest database in the industry of real projects subscribers can work with.
  • A third party check on estimates is a must these days. Owners, contractors, subcontractors, estimators, or other professionals can use the DCD Archives as a ‘quick check’ to validate their estimates.
  • Be responsive to a client’s question. The DCD Archives provides reliable answers quickly with confidence when clients asks, “How much do you think this would cost me to build?” Being able to generate an answer – before plans are drawn – keeps the discussion going and often results in new business.
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