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Absolutely.  Without being accused of collusion, we have raised our rates by 25% since 2004, and are seriously considering increasing them further still.


Also, we have been factoring the cost escalation in on our estimates for percentage based fee structures.


Having to give up weekend motorcycle jaunts is serious business, and you need to be adequately compensated. 


From: Bill Allen [mailto:T.W.Allen(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Thursday, October 26, 2006 9:15 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Is there a correlation?


I know this is a taboo subject, but I was reading the OC Register yesterday (sports section of course, since there’s an article every day on my beloved USC Trojans) and read an article about the proposed stadium for that fictitious future NFL team destined for the Los Angeles area. One point that was made was that the cost of the stadium has increased from the estimate in 2003 partly due to a 26% increase in construction costs including labor and material.


I haven’t raised my rate in a while, but this article got me thinking about it. On one hand, what I do has nothing to do with China taking all of our steel and wood products. On the other hand, I’m busier than *heck* and I’m canceling weekend motorcycle jaunts to meet deadlines.


I know we can’t talk about fees, but has anyone else made “adjustments in their business practice” since 2003?




T. William (Bill) Allen, S.E.


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