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"Chapter 1: The High Cost of Building a Better University"
Published In: Stewardship & Accountability in Campus Planning, Design & Construction
Date: 2006

Discusses some of the reasons why educational facilities cost more than many other types of construction. Reasons include constructing a building that preserves the institutional heritage while providing an attractive environment in which to learn and live; meeting code requirements; following institutional and statutory regulations during the construction phase; adhering to a shortened building schedule; designing buildings that must accomodate a mix of functions and heavy traffic; and providing for maintainability, sustainability, and longevity.  Includes Appendix, "Your House on Campus: 'You've got to be kidding! I could build a nice house for that amount,'" which discusses the costs of university buildings and features a diagram of a building identifying items which increase construction expenses.  

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