Means ADA Compliance Pricing Guide: Cost Estimates for More Than 70 Common Modifications / Edition 2

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Revised and updated to recent ADA guidelines changes, this second edition features more than 70 of the most commonly needed modifications for ADA compliance –  and what they cost. The ADA requirements, cost estimates, illustrations and reference numbers have all been updated. Each of the more than 70 project estimates contains specific dimensions and materials mandated by the ADA, with estimated material quantities, labor hours, total contractor charges, and alternative designs to meet budget limitations.

Easy-to-use location factors for over 900 cities and towns give you accurate costs for your specific area, and an additional 3,000 unit prices let you modify an estimate for your unique site conditions. Projects include: installing ramps and walkways, widening doorways, installing/re-fitting elevators, relocating light switches, signage, remodeling bathrooms and kitchens, and many more, including auditoriums, public transportation, and recreational facilities.

Also included in the text is additional guidance on:

  • How the ADA guidelines apply to new construction and remodeling projects
  • Who’s responsible, and how to make any public accommodation accessible
  • How to reduce future maintenance, and avoid & “failure to comply” citations

Means ADA Compliance Pricing Guide helps facility managers, owners, architects, engineers, contractors, interior designers and building users answer the complicated questions of what’s required, when, and how to make sure you comply.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780876297391
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/28/1994
  • Series: RSMeans Series, #55
  • Edition description: 2nd Edition, Updated to 2004 ADAAG
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 1,523,501
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Author.


Chapter 1: Today’s Landscape Industry.

Breaking Down a Landscape Project.

The Landscape Professional & Project Management.

Building Your Business.

Planning the Landscape Proposal.


Chapter 2: Materials & Methods.

Site Work.

Hard Construction, or “Hardscape”.

Horticultural Materials.

Irrigation Systems (Sprinkler & Drip).


Other Green Building Approaches to Landscaping.


Historic Landscape Preservation.

Seasonal Specialties.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Requirements.


Chapter 3: Equipment.

Equipment Rental & Subcontracting.

The Economics of Purchase & Leasing.

Life Cycle Costs & Productivity.

Tracking Costs.

Equipment Life Expectancy.


Chapter 4: Beginning the Estimate.

To Bid or Not to Bid.

Prior Knowledge & Estimating.

Before Starting the Estimate.

The Landscape Project Analysis Form.

Types of Estimates.


Chapter 5: How to Take Off Quantities.

Takeoff Tips.

Guidelines for the Takeoff.

The Step-by-Step Takeoff Process.


Chapter 6: Pricing the Estimate.

Grouping the Items.

Adding Costs.

Types of Costs.


Chapter 7: Sample Takeoff & Estimate.

Sample Project.

Area Measurements & Plan Reading.

Site Work.

Hard Construction.

Plant & Landscape Materials.

Estimate Summary.


Chapter 8: Bidding.

What Makes a Winning Bid?

Bidding Strategies.

The Bid Package.

Types of Bids.

Putting Together a Bid.


Chapter 9: Job Planning & Scheduling.

The Planning Team.

The Job Schedule.

Plan, Coordinate, Target.

Time Schedules.

Sequence of Installation & Duration Time.

Project Budget.

Schedule Review.

Work Completion.


Chapter 10: Estimating Maintenance Costs.

Business Growth & Opportunity.

Division of Maintenance Tasks.

Landscape Materials.

Vehicles & Equipment.

Work Crews or Teams.

Site Inspection.

Scheduling & Travel Time.

Facilities Personnel as Landscape Managers.

The Landscape Contractor’s Ongoing Performance Analysis.

Developing a Maintenance Proposal: An Example.


Chapter 11: How to Use Means Cost Data.

Using Cost Data.

Format of Data.

Unit Price Section.

Assemblies Cost Tables.

Reference Numbers.

City Cost Indexes.

Historical Cost Indexes.



Appendix A– Estimating.

Appendix B– Site Work.

Appendix C– Hard Construction.

Appendix D–Planting & Weather.

Appendix E–Resources.

Appendix F–Abbreviations.


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