R.S. Means metropolitan cost comparisons: Colleges

August 11, 2010

Cost comparisons per square foot in select metro markets



College laboratory College classroom College dormitory College student union

'01

'00

% chg.

'01

'00

% chg.

'01

'00

% chg.

'01

'00

% chg.

Atlanta

104.68

102.91

1.7

98.74

84.82

NA

98.83

87.05

NA

92.95

90.97

2.2

Baltimore

107.84

104.64

3.1

101.73

86.25

NA

101.83

88.52

NA

95.76

92.50

3.5

Boston

135.19

134.67

0.4

127.53

111.00

NA

127.64

113.92

NA

120.04

119.05

0.8

Chicago

130.73

127.51

2.5

123.32

105.10

NA

123.43

107.86

NA

116.08

112.72

3.0

Cleveland

120.87

117.81

2.6

114.02

97.10

NA

114.12

99.65

NA

107.33

104.14

3.1

Dallas

99.89

99.79

0.1

94.10

82.25

NA

94.18

84.41

NA

88.57

88.21

0.4

Denver

112.54

108.57

3.7

106.16

89.49

NA

106.26

91.84

NA

99.93

95.97

4.1

Detroit

124.63

121.74

2.4

117.56

100.34

NA

117.67

102.98

NA

110.66

107.61

2.8

Houston

103.50

103.03

0.5

97.64

84.92

NA

97.73

87.15

NA

91.90

91.07

0.9

Kansas City

117.35

113.65

3.3

110.70

93.68

NA

110.80

96.14

NA

104.20

100.47

3.7

Los Angeles

127.32

126.24

0.9

120.10

104.05

NA

120.22

106.79

NA

113.06

111.60

1.3

Miami

101.04

98.87

2.2

95.31

81.49

NA

95.40

83.63

NA

89.72

87.40

2.7

Minneapolis

130.96

127.40

2.8

123.54

105.01

NA

123.65

107.76

NA

116.29

112.62

3.3

New Orleans

100.57

98.52

2.1

94.87

81.21

NA

94.96

83.34

NA

89.30

87.09

2.5

New York City

157.84

154.54

2.1

148.89

127.38

NA

149.03

130.72

NA

140.15

136.61

2.6

Philadelphia

131.43

128.44

2.3

123.98

105.86

NA

124.10

108.64

NA

116.70

113.54

2.8

Phoenix

104.79

103.37

1.4

98.86

85.20

NA

98.94

87.44

NA

93.05

91.38

1.8

Pittsburgh

119.11

117.46

1.4

112.36

96.82

NA

112.46

99.36

NA

105.76

103.84

1.9

Portland

125.92

122.43

2.8

118.78

100.91

NA

118.89

103.56

NA

111.81

108.23

3.3

St. Louis

121.11

118.85

1.9

114.24

97.96

NA

114.35

100.53

NA

107.53

105.06

2.4

San Diego

124.74

123.12

1.3

117.67

101.48

NA

117.78

104.15

NA

110.76

108.84

1.8

San Francisco

145.75

142.76

2.1

137.49

117.67

NA

137.61

120.76

NA

129.42

126.20

2.6

Seattle

122.75

121.04

1.4

115.79

99.77

NA

115.90

102.39

NA

108.99

107.00

1.9

Washington, D.C.

111.25

110.53

0.6

104.94

91.11

NA

105.04

93.50

NA

98.78

97.71

1.1

Winston/Salem

89.07

88.47

0.7

84.02

72.92

NA

84.10

74.84

NA

79.09

78.21

1.1



NOTE:Specifications for the classroom and dormitory have changed from the previous year, making the percentage change inapplicable. Costs are for the basic building and do not include sitework, land, development, specialty finishes or equipment. Square foot costs vary significantly from project to project because of quality, complexity and economic climate. For a detailed list of building components included in these figures, see Means Square Foot Costs.

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