Cost Comparisons for Common Commercial Wall Systems

2014-2015 Wall Cost Study Methodology

Costs per square foot were developed for each wall system by identifying all material, labor, equipment and 10% mark up for general conditions required to represent a complete cost. The items were priced by conducting an intense survey of contractors in each of the regions for the material and labor costs involved in each wall system.

Work on the project was performed independently by Capital Building Consultants, a recognized authority on estimating in the Southeast.

The information attached includes a summary of the results of the study comparing costs per square foot for each wall system in each region, a description of each wall system and graphic details of each wall system. For consistent comparison, each wall quoted as 10' x 10', with no openings.

The costs developed are initial construction costs only and do not include maintenance or operating costs associated with the different wall systems. Although the actual costs may vary with location, time, and contractors, the comparative relationships between wall systems and geographic regions should remain approximately the same. For more detailed information about wall costs and this study, please call 800.622.7425.

Energy Code Note: This study was developed considering the current energy code adopted by each of the 11 cities included in this document. It is important to note that, as jurisdictions adopt the 2012 IECC Code, wall costs may increase from those currently presented by 10% to 15%, as wall sections mandate additional insulation requirements.

Sample Calculation

Wall Type 1: Brick Veneer and Metal Stud

DESCRIPTION
(10'HT x 10'WD)
QUANTITY MATERIAL COST LABOR COST TOTAL
Modular Brick 733 ea 0.295 $216.24 0.750 $549.75 $765.99
Sand 23.2 cf 1.05 24.36 - 0.00 24.36
Mortar 5.8 bg 7.65 44.37 - 0.00 44.37
Metal Ties 25 ea 0.075 1.88 0.025 0.63 2.50
Clean/Point Mortar 100 sf 0.065 6.50 0.25 25.00 31.50
15# Felt Paper 100 sf 0.035 3.50 0.03 3.00 6.50
Copper Flashing 10 lf 1.67 16.70 0.30 3.00 19.70
3 1/2" Batt Insulation 100 sf 0.58 58.00 0.15 15.00 73.00
1/2" Exterior Gyp. Sheathing 100 sf 0.52 52.00 0.27 27.00 79.00
18 Gauge Metal Stud 75 lf 0.89 66.75 0.46 34.50 101.25
Track for Studs 20 lf 0.75 15.00 0.39 7.80 22.80
5/8" Reg. Gyp. 100 sf 0.30 30.00 0.25 25.00 55.00
Fasteners/Tape/Bed Gyp. 100 sf 0.12 12.00 0.22 22.00 34.00
3 Coats Int. Paint 100 sf 0.27 27.00 0.42 42.00 69.00
4" Rubber Base 10 lf 1.02 10.20 0.41 4.10 14.30
Subtotal $584.49 $758.78 $1343.27
 
N.C. Sales Tax @ 7.25% of Material 42.38
W.C. & P.R. Tax @ 35% of Labor 265.57
Subtotal $1651.21
General Conditions @ 10% 165.12
Subtotal $1816.33
Overhead @ 5% 90.82
Subtotal $1907.15
Contractor's Fee @ 10% 190.71
Grand Total per 100 sf $2097.86
Square Foot Cost $20.98

(Quantities and costs are presented in thousands except the Square Foot Cost )

Notes on interior finishes:

  1. Walls with exposed interior block surface are painted only. (Walls No. 4,6,7,8,9,10,11)
  2. Walls with exposed interior brick surface are not finished. (Wall No. 5)
  3. Walls with stud backup are finished with gypsum board and paint. (Walls No. 1,2,3,12,13,16,17)
  4. Walls with exposed metal and glass systems are installed in finished condition. (Walls No. 14,15)
  5. Walls with exposed interior concrete surface and single height panels are not finished or insulated. (Wall No. 18)
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