kurtfr 10 months ago on Letter - Turner prepared for jihadist and cyber threats

He's also has saved Walla Walla from the communist conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1Kvgt...


kurtfr 11 months, 2 weeks ago on Traffic injuries prompt Walla Walla police crackdown

It would be interesting to see a more detailed breakdown. There are 31 incidents, out of those, how many citations were issued and to whom? 10 incidents are listed that show violations or fault for the cyclists and pedestrians, were any citations given? For the other 21 incidents, what were the outcomes?


kurtfr 11 months, 2 weeks ago on Tourist dies after being struck in crosswalk at Palouse, Main streets

The collision happened @ approx 5:30pm. Sunset is at approx 8:30pm. As I write this, it is 5:00pm and eyeballing it, the sun is at about a 45 degree angle to the earth. How can the sun be a factor when you are looking at approx 0 degrees relative to the ground?


kurtfr 1 year, 2 months ago on Letter - Need for Wa-Hi science building questioned

There are a few errors in your numbers. One to compare the square foot costs, RSMeans is looking at the building only. Parking is not included in their square foot costs. True that is a project cost, but they separate those cost out from sf building costs. Secondly, the example you are talking about is for a 45,000sf building. Sf costs go up as sf size goes down.

Now I made a mistake myself. I forgot to subtract escalation from the construction costs. I'm assuming that the construction cost was escalated to 2015 costs because that is when construction takes place. So to match this up with 2014 costs, we need to subtract about 1.5%. So that takes us from $306 in 2015 dollars to $301 in 2014 dollars.

So again higher than avg for a 25,000ft building but not outlandish. Especially at such an early stage of design. There is a lot of risk involved in estimating a project at this early stage. Ask too much and it doesn't get funded. Ask too little and you either have to come back and ask for more or reduce scope and end up with less than what is truly needed.

Finally for other than a rough back of the napkin estimate, RSMeans isn't so useful. So I'm assuming that the designers have a more detailed estimate than a quick look a sf cost guide.