Construction Cost

Leasing of Research Facilities Becoming More Prevalent in Coveted Urban Areas

Careful Evaluation, Negotiation Needed to Ensure a Beneficial Arrangement

Published 1-22-2014

Lease arrangements for office and laboratory space have historically been mostly for smaller companies, but are now becoming increasingly popular as a way for large research institutions to find an entrée into or expand in congested and expensive urban centers quickly, cost-effectively, and with more flexibility than building new.

2014 Biocontainment Facilities Priorities

Industry Leaders Share Their Thoughts, Help Shape Upcoming Conference

Published 1-15-2014

The following is a compilation of responses to a survey that asked individuals responsible for planning, design, operations, and maintenance of high-containment facilities to rank their priorities for 2014 and make open-ended comments regarding those priorities. The issues identified in this survey will be the focus of Tradeline’s upcoming conference—The 2014 International Conference on Biocontainment Facilities—on April 10‐11 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The respondents ranked their overall priorities as follows:

Construction Costs for Institutional Projects Continue Rising for Near to Midterm

Market Outlook Q3 2013

Published 12-11-2013

Capital construction costs for institutional projects will continue rising across much of the nation due to growing market strength, regional labor shortages, rising commodity prices, and an increase in mark-ups. Construction volume, the industry’s biggest cost driver, continued its steady increase—up more than 18 percent in the third quarter of 2013 from the bottom in March 2011. At the current rate of growth, construction prices will surpass the industry trend line in 2014, repeating long-term cyclical patterns.

Building Blocks: Offsite Prefabrication Saves Time and Money

Compressed Work Schedules, Worker Safety, and Access to Constrained Sites Top Benefits

Published 11-20-2013

Offsite prefabrication of building modules can potentially transform the construction process in the United States, according to two engineers who have implemented the technique on multiple project sites. The experience of Ed Szwarc and Dean Poillucci of Skanska USA Building, Inc., indicates that assembly of such units at offsite construction facilities (OSCFs) radically compresses schedules and improves safety while also providing cost savings.

Selecting the Most Appropriate and Lean Design Strategies

Success Depends on Implementing the Best Options at the Right Time

Published 11-6-2013

Blindly trying to incorporate all the cutting-edge technologies and processes in the delivery of a new facility can lead to more waste than value. It’s important that building owners understand which Lean design principles, innovative technologies, and sustainability strategies meet their needs and add value to their specific project in a way that maximizes lifecycle performance, says Andreas Phelps, integrated projects executive at Balfour Beatty Construction.

Space Strategies 2014

November 3-4, 2014
St. Petersburg, FL

PLUS pre-conference course November 2nd!
-The Fundamentals of Space Planning and Space Management