Construction Cost Per Square Foot for Courthouses

by Dean Dalvit on June 19, 2015

Our posts on construction cost data per square foot for various project types are so popular, that I will continue updating them more frequently as this is fairly time sensitive data. Please note the date on the blog posts so you know that you are viewing the most current information. Also, click HERE for other construction cost topics, or you can always search by keyword from the search bar on the upper right hand corner of this page.

Please note that all of this information is made available from the industry experts in construction cost estimating, RSMeans, and is our basis for estimating conceptual project costs during the initial programming phase here at EVstudio. Please note that these are great numbers to ballpark initial budget goals and expectations, however, more accurate pricing can only be developed after full programming of the project and initial schematic designs can be developed with some understanding of size, scale, scope, construction type and level of finish.

For more information about RSMeans Square Foot Cost Guide and RSMeans Construction Cost Index, which indexes square foot costs for cities in the US and Canada, visit the RSMeans Online bookstore  and click on cost data publications.

And of course, feel free to contact any of us here at EVstudio about your project and we would be happy to help get you started on your pro forma as well as assist in any or all of the design phases or disciplines that will help you realize your vision. We have professionals that can help with the process as early on as entitlements as well as full Architecture and all of the Engineering disciplines, all of which help to inform your project budget and goals.

Originally posted 2012-06-05 00:48:26. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Dean Dalvit March 10, 2016 at 6:01 pm

Will,
Thanks for your question. My initial reaction to your question is this: A rehab can be more cost-effective than building new. However, there are many variables that play into that. Not the least of which is the potential for things like hazardous materials, compromised structural integrity, The need to replace mechanical and electrical systems, and other components of the building that may simply be worn out. Without knowing anything about the existing building that you’re discussing, it’s impossible to know how the change of use for a new Town Hall would affect the existing building or the construction costs therein. But suffice it to say, if you have a good building to start with, then you would be much further ahead for a change of use over the cost of new construction. And if you have a bad building, well, that could really become a money pit! If you are interested in discussing further with an architect or engineer, please let us know. I don’t know where your project is, but we’re licensed in many states, and we would be happy to help you out with your project. Thanks!

Will King March 10, 2016 at 6:07 am

I am a member of a study commission to recommend a new/replacement government center for our old town hall that is condemned.
I am looking for some rules-of-thumb for costs to rehab an old, 3 story school building versus new construction. I have suggested to the commission that rehab is less expensive than new construction but there is considerable resistance to that notion.
After noodling around on various websites it appears that yours might be a more professional and helpful site to use.

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