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RSMeans Cost Data, Student Edition provides a thorough introduction to cost estimating in a self-contained print and online package. With clear explanations and a hands-on, example-driven approach, it is the ideal reference for students and new professionals who need to learn how to perform cost estimating for building construction. Features include:

  • Commercial and residential construction cost data in print and online formats
  • Complete how-to guidance on the essentials of cost estimating
  • A supplemental website with plans, specifications, problem sets, and a full sample estimate

With more than 930 Location Factors in the United States and Canada, the data includes up-to-date system prices for more than 100 standard assemblies and in-place costs for thousands of alternates—making it easy to customize budget estimates and compare system costs.


(organized in MasterFormat 2010)

1 General Requirements

2 Existing Conditions

3 Concrete

4 Masonry

5 Metals

6 Woods, Plastics & Composites

7 Thermal & Moisture Protection

8 Openings

9 Finishes

10 Specialties

11 Equipment

12 Furnishings

13 Special Construction

14 Conveying Equipment

21 Fire Suppression

22 Plumbing

23 Heating, Ventilating & Air Conditioning

26 Electrical

27 Communications

28 Electronic Safety & Security

31 Earthwork

32 Exterior Improvements

33 Utilities


A Substructure

B Shell

C Interiors

D Services

E Equipment & Furnishings

F Special Construction

G Building Site Work


Equipment Rental Costs


Cost Indexes

Reference Tables

Square Foot Costs

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118335901
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/3/2012
  • Series: RSMeans Series, #90
  • Edition description: Student Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 628,849
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

RSMeans is the leading source of cost data for construction in North America. Visit to learn more.

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Table of Contents

Introduction v

Overview vii

Chapter 1 The Contract Documents 1

Chapter 1 Exercises 13

Chapter 2 Calculating Linear Measure, Area & Volume15

Chapter 2 Exercises 24

Chapter 3 The Quantity Takeoff 27

Chapter 3 Exercises 33

Chapter 4 Understanding Material, Labor & Equipment Costs35

Chapter 4 Exercises 42

Chapter 5 Pricing the Estimate/Estimate Summary 43

Chapter 5 Exercises 51

Chapter 6 Unit Cost Estimates 53

Chapter 6 Exercises 53

Unit Price Section Table of Contents 55

How RSMeans Data Works 56

Chapter 7 Assemblies Estimating 265

Chapter 7 Exercises 265

Assemblies Section Table of Contents267

How to Use the Assemblies Cost Tables 268

Chapter 8 Square Foot Cost Models 363

Chapter 8 Exercises 363

Commercial/Industrial/Institutional Section Table of Contents365

How to Use the Commercial/Industrial/Institutional Section366

Chapter 9 Project Costs, Order of Magnitude Estimates &RSMeans Indexes 393

Chapter 9 Exercises 395

Reference Section Table of Contents 396

Equipment Rental Costs 398

Crew Listings 409

Historical Cost Indexes 438

Location Factors 446

Reference Tables 452

Square Foot Costs 477

Square Foot Project Size Modifier 486

Abbreviations 487

Index 491

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