Construction Cost

  • Vermeulens Releases Q2-2017 Market Outlook


    Vermeulens has released its market outlook report for the second quarter of 2017. Key points include:

  • Equipment-Driven Planning for Capital-Intensive Academic Research Facilities


    The University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass Amherst) recently completed the construction and fit-out of their new Life Science Laboratories after receiving a $95 million grant from the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC)—a quasi-state agency dedicated to growing the state’s life sciences industry. The new interdisciplinary research wing features state-of-the-art equipment and core resources that will be shared across multiple research teams and industry partnerships. While the new core labs were built into a pre-existing shell with an open floorplate and operational MEP, the final design was driven by the cost-intensive equipment list. Since the agency grant designated a specific amount of funding for the equipment, the type of equipment was known but exact model and vendor was not known before many of the other design and programming decisions were made. 

  • The Future of Research Facility Design


    Five years ago, Tradeline sought experts to predict the future—specifically, the future of research lab design and construction. Today, we take a look back at those predictions, and gather some new ones, looking at trends in research programs and funding, and how those trends affect the decisions institutions are making when they build and renovate their laboratory spaces.

  • Think Sidehouse, Not Penthouse, for Utilities Distribution


    Replacing the traditional penthouse with a ground-breaking sidehouse, the new Health Sciences Building at Canada’s Carleton University represents the latest step in the evolution of academic science facilities.

  • Brasfield & Gorrie Use Drone Mapping Software to Optimize Project Delivery


    Brasfield & Gorrie’s virtual design and construction team is utilizing DroneDeploy software to enhance site planning, design, and safety.

  • University of Hawai’i at Mānoa Constructs Life Sciences Building


    The University of Hawai’i at Mānoa will begin construction in late 2017 on the $50 million Life Sciences Building.

  • Lab Surfaces in Flux


    All lab work—experiments, equipment usage, write-ups—occurs on countertops, but these flat horizontal surfaces are rapidly changing.

  • Optimum Phasing Strategies for Campus Construction


    Renovating an existing science facility or constructing a new building at today’s busy colleges requires the right approach in order to minimize the impact on students and faculty, while also adhering to the institution’s financial goals and strategic plan.

  • Sustained Economic Growth Continues to Increase Construction Costs and Labor Demand


    The U.S. economy grew at a healthy rate in the first quarter of 2017, adding roughly 176,000 jobs per month. Capital construction prices continued their 2016 trend, increasing at an average of 6 percent, depending on location.

  • The Rockefeller University Implements Modular Construction Technologies on Kravis Research Building


    The Rockefeller University is constructing the $300 million Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis Research Building in New York.