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June 16, 2021
What the Data Says: Emerging Cost Increases of Interior Finishes

Our data experts have been monitoring construction costs for decades, tracking price fluctuations impacted by response to public policy, concerns about infrastructure or the effects of the pandemic and natural disasters. We examine the long-term cost trends of the industry’s most vital materials. In this edition of What the Data Says, we examine the continued cost increases of interior finishes.

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May 27, 2021
What the Data Says: Structural Steel Costs Volatility

In this edition of What the Data Says, we’re taking a look at the extraordinary rise in structural steel costs. Over the past several months, we have become accustomed to volatility in this commodity’s pricing but the latest increase is unprecedented. The price of structural steel has increased 91% since the last quarter of 2020, rising 45% in the past quarter.

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May 10, 2021
The Importance of Quarterly Construction Material Cost Updates

There’s a common notion in the industry that estimators can take last year’s price for a given material and add a couple percentage points to account for any increases. But there are two issues with this mindset - issues that are solved by quarterly construction material cost updates.

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April 22, 2021
5 Critical Insights on Federal Cost Overruns

Here are five key talking points on Federal cost overruns given by Federal construction experts from the private, non-profit and government sectors.

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April 21, 2021
Rising Lumber Cost Trend and Unprecedented Material Price Fluctuations

Our data experts have been tracking and monitoring the costs of lumber even more diligently since last summer when things were really being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. In this edition of What the Data Says, we’re taking a look at the extraordinary rise in lumber cost.

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