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$23,000/square foot!?!  Wow!  Is it gold plated?
Best regards,
Kenneth S. Peoples, P. E.
Lehigh Valley Technical Associates, Inc.
1584 Weaversville Road
Northampton, PA 18067
Phone: 610-262-6345
Email: kpeoples(--nospam--at)
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, July 20, 2005 1:34 PM
Subject: Re: Bridge/building

I don't know anything firsthand about bridge costs, but I do know that the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge (well, just the east half) is somewhere in your span-width range and is costing about $23,000. a square foot (sic--do the math, beginning with the $6Billion total cost).  And it's not designed for buildings, just vehicles.  And "cheap" wood-frame houses around here can easily cost $300/sf, so commercial buildings would be more. 

I agree with the $1M fee comment. :)

Ralph Hueston Kratz, S.E.
Richmond CA USA

In a message dated 7/20/05 7:14:07 AM, kspeoples(--nospam--at) writes:
FYI, since bridges are in the $150 to $200/square foot range and commercial
buildings are in the $150 to $200/square foot range, I thought a
conservative estimate would be to add these and say $300 to $400/square
foot.  Probably closer to the $300 figure because not all of the area could
be covered with building and the "foundation" for the buildings will be the
bridge structure.  I think this is really conservative, but would rather
give them the worst case than to get part way in and find out the job is way
under funded.