R.S. Means metropolitan cost comparisons: Government

August 11, 2010

Cost comparisons per square foot in select metro markets



Jail Courthouse 2-3 stories Police station Post office

'01

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% chg.

'01

'00

% chg.

'01

'00

% chg.

'01

'00

% chg.

Atlanta

158.42

176.67

NA

116.77

114.46

2.0

122.33

119.04

2.8

75.33

72.11

4.5

Baltimore

163.40

181.04

NA

120.43

117.30

2.7

126.18

121.99

3.4

77.70

73.89

5.2

Boston

204.47

231.98

NA

150.71

150.30

0.3

157.90

156.30

1.0

97.23

94.68

2.7

Chicago

198.07

220.24

NA

145.99

142.69

2.3

152.95

148.39

3.1

94.19

89.89

4.8

Cleveland

182.96

202.73

NA

134.85

131.35

2.7

141.28

136.60

3.4

87.00

82.74

5.1

Dallas

151.13

172.69

NA

112.00

111.89

0.1

116.71

116.36

0.3

71.87

70.48

2.0

Denver

169.27

186.81

NA

124.76

121.04

3.1

130.71

125.87

3.8

80.49

76.25

5.6

Detroit

188.82

208.70

NA

139.18

135.22

2.9

145.81

140.62

3.7

89.79

85.18

5.4

Houston

155.93

177.86

NA

115.47

115.24

0.2

120.41

119.84

0.5

74.15

72.59

2.1

Kansas City

177.80

194.37

NA

131.05

125.94

4.1

137.30

130.97

4.8

84.55

79.33

6.6

Los Angeles

192.91

218.05

NA

142.19

141.27

0.6

148.97

146.92

1.4

91.74

89.00

3.1

Miami

153.09

171.10

NA

112.83

110.85

1.8

118.22

115.28

2.5

72.80

69.83

4.2

Minneapolis

198.42

218.25

NA

146.25

141.40

3.4

153.23

147.05

4.2

94.36

89.08

5.9

New Orleans

152.37

169.70

NA

112.31

109.95

2.1

117.67

114.34

2.9

72.46

69.26

4.6

New York City

239.14

266.20

NA

176.26

172.47

2.2

184.67

179.36

3.0

113.72

108.65

4.7

Philadelphia

198.07

222.23

NA

145.99

143.98

1.4

152.95

149.73

2.1

94.19

90.70

3.8

Phoenix

158.78

178.06

NA

117.03

115.37

1.4

122.61

119.97

2.2

75.50

72.67

3.9

Pittsburgh

180.29

203.72

NA

132.88

131.99

0.7

139.22

137.27

1.4

85.73

83.15

3.1

Portland

189.71

209.69

NA

139.83

135.86

2.9

146.50

141.29

3.7

90.21

85.58

5.4

St. Louis

183.49

204.92

NA

135.24

132.77

1.9

141.69

138.07

2.6

87.26

83.64

4.3

San Diego

189.00

212.08

NA

139.31

137.41

1.4

145.95

142.90

2.1

89.88

85.56

3.8

San Francisco

217.98

246.30

NA

160.67

159.58

0.7

168.33

165.95

1.4

103.66

100.53

3.1

Seattle

185.62

209.30

NA

136.82

135.60

0.9

143.34

141.02

1.6

88.27

85.42

3.3

Washington, D.C.

168.55

190.40

NA

124.24

123.36

0.7

130.16

128.29

1.5

80.15

77.71

3.1

Winston/Salem

134.95

152.99

NA

99.47

99.12

0.3

104.21

103.08

1.1

64.17

62.44

2.8



NOTE:Building specifications for the jail have changed from the previous year, making the percentage change in costs 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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