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  • Doug Salzmann
    Jul 1, 2004
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      I'm losing track of the main idea here, at list a little, but...

      Why is it even relevant to compare (and contrast ;^) costs of
      construction for urban, multi-use, carfree projects with those for
      carburban sprawl? After all, nobody's building ranchers on Broadway,
      and we know that carfree development isn't going to work in the land
      of endless snout houses. Shouldn't we, rather, compare our preferred
      style of development (vertical mixed-use sans auto accommodations)
      with projects and uses that are actually likely in the urban core?

      All that low-density sprawl is dinosaur-dead, anyway -- that is, it's
      already dead, but it's a long way from its tiny little brain to its
      gigantic, clumsy limbs, so the twitching lasts a long time.


      -Doug



      P.S. For those who want to do some estimating, here's a list of
      useful references. Excuse the non-standard listing format -- there
      should be plenty of info here to track down anything you find
      interesting.


      Basic Estimating for Construction (Second Edition) - by James A. S.
      Fatzinger

      Means Estimating Handbook (Second Edition) - by John Chiang (Editor),
      John Ferguson (Editor), Joe Macaluso (Editor), Mel Mossman (Editor),
      William D. Mahoney, RS Means Engineering

      Estimating in Building Construction - by Frank R. Dagostino, Leslie
      Feigenbaum

      Markup & Profit: A Contractor's Guide - by Michael C. Stone

      RS Means Residential Cost Data 2004: Square Foot Costs, Systems Cost,
      Unit Costs - by Howard M. Chandler (Editor) - Includes location
      factors to adjust material and labor costs to more than 930 U.S. zip
      codes and selected locations in Canada

      RS Means Residential Cost Data 2003: Square Foot Costs, Systems Cost,
      Unit Costs - by Howard M. Chandler (Editor) - Includes location
      factors to adjust material and labor costs to more than 930 U.S. zip
      codes and selected locations in Canada

      2004 National Building Cost Manual (28th Ed) - by Dave Ogershok
      (Editor), Craftsman Book Company

      2003 National Building Cost Manual (27th Ed) - by Dave Ogershok
      (Editor), Craftsman Book Company

      2003 National Construction Estimator - by Dave Ogershok, Craftsman
      Book Company (51st Edition - Book & CD-ROM)

      2003 National Repair and Remodeling Estimator - by Albert S. Paxton,
      Craftsman Book Company (Book & CD-ROM)

      2003 National Electrical Estimator - by Edward J. Tyler, Craftsman
      Book Company (Book & CD ROM)

      2003 National Painting Cost Estimator - by Dennis D. Gleason,
      Craftsman Book Company (Book & CD ROM)

      2003 National Plumbing & HVAC Estimator - by James A. Thomson (Book &
      CD ROM)

      2003 National Renovation & Insurance, Repair Estimator - by Jonathan
      Russell, Craftsman Book Company (Book & CD ROM)

      2004 CD Estimator - by Craftsman Book Company
      Note: This is not a book. It is a software program that includes six
      estimating costbooks for the year 2004, 40 estimating & bidding forms,
      85,000 construction costs for new construction, and a 70-minute
      interactive video that teaches you how to use this CD-ROM to estimate
      construction costs.

      * National Construction Estimator - Residential, industrial, and
      commercial new construction
      * National Repair & Remodeling Estimator - Remove and replace
      costs for residences
      * National Electrical Estimator - Electrical work in residential,
      industrial and commercial buildings
      * National Plumbing & HVAC Estimator - Plumbing, heating,
      ventilating & air conditioning
      * National Painting Cost Estimator - Painting, wallcovering and
      surface preparation costs
      * National Renovation & Insurance Repair Estimator - Costs for
      adjusting casualty losses


      Square Foot Costs 2004 (25th Edition) - by R. S. Means, Barbara
      Balboni (Editor)

      Square Foot Costs 2003 (24th Edition) - by R. S. Means, Barbara
      Balboni (Editor)

      Building Construction Cost Data, 2003 (61st Edition) - by R. S. Means

      Mechanical Cost Data 2003 (26th Edition) - by R. S. Means, Melville J.
      Mossman (Editor)

      Electrical Cost Data 2003 (26th Edition) - by R. S. Means, by John H.
      Chiang (Editor)

      Plumbing Cost Data 2003 (26th Edition) - by R. S. Means, by Melville
      J. Missman (Editor)

      Exterior Home Improvement Costs: The Practical Pricing Guide for
      Homeowners & Contractors (Updated Seventh Edition) - by R. S. Means
      Company

      Interior Home Improvement Costs: The Practical Pricing Guide for
      Homeowners & Contractors (Updated Seventh Edition) - by R. S. Means
      Company

      Historic Preservation: Project Planning & Estimating - by R. S. Means
      Company

      Walker's Building Estimator's Reference Book, 26th Edition - by Frank
      R. Walker Co.

      F.R. Walker's Remodeling Reference Book: A Guide for Accurate
      Remodeling Cost Estimates for Construction Professionals and
      Homeowners - by Frank R. Walker Co.

      Carpentry Estimating - by W. P. Jackson

      Contractors Pricing Guide: Residential Square Foot Costs 1999 - by
      Robert W. Mewis

      Contractor's Pricing Guide Residential Detailed Costs - by Robert W.
      Mewis

      Dodge Unit Cost Guide 2001 (Book & CD) - CD-ROM includes downloadable
      cost calculator plus Timberline Precision Estimating Basic trial
      version.

      Estimating Tables for Home Building - by Paul I. Thomas

      Estimating Excavation - by Deryl Burch

      RS Means Site Work and Landscape Cost Data 2003 - by Barbara Balboni
      (Editor)



      --

      "Is it not a strange blindness on our part
      to teach publicly the techniques of warfare
      and to reward with medals those who prove to
      be the most adroit killers?"

      -Donatien-Alphonse-Francois de Sade, 1740-1814



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      Doug Salzmann
      Kalliergo
      Post Office Box 307
      Corte Madera, CA 94976 USA

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