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"Why Do University Buildings Cost So Much?"
Author: Kershner, E. Gene
Published In: Facilities Manager
Date: Summer 1995

Updates his mid-1980s study of building costs for university construction at Stanford University, which compared the cost of campus buildings with noninstitutional buildings.  Encourages administrators to understand the reasons for the high costs and identifies ways be effective in reducing costs when possible.  Comparisons must be done with great care but among the differences are complexity of research facilities, institutional buildings have greater land use/density efficiencies, institutional grade hardware is more costly than commercial grade, codes and standards impact costs, and varying life-cycle costs.



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