Return to site home page


FM Cost Trends

Comparative Building Costs: Low-Rise Office Buildings in Residential Areas


Low-Rise Office Buildings in Residential Areas

Office Building #1

To retain 150-year-old trees on this St. Louis site adjacent to a residential area, this office building has a pier and above grade-beam foundation to avoid disruption of the tree roots. LEED-certified green features include recycling rainwater to irrigation system, light tubes, outside views from 90% of the tenant spaces, waterless urinals, recycling construction waste, solar water heating, two-sided finished block and insulated exterior system, native plant landscaping, and operable windows. The exterior insulated (CFMU) structural masonry system has an R-21 rating.


Office Building #2

This brick and stone office building is adjacent to a residential neighborhood. A residential character was achieved with warm red brick and cream-colored masonry, a pitched roof with 7-foot-deep overhang, berms that minimize the building’s height, and extensive glazing. The building has a concrete foundation with metal studs, bar joists, and braced-frame structural steel. The exterior façade and the lobby’s interior have cast stone masonry units. The building is capped with a silver-colored, standing seam metal roof. An excavated courtyard is connected to a basement conference room.


View Larger
View Larger

For more facilities cost data, visit the BUILDINGS bookstore at Additional building case studies are available at

*Actual building costs have been adjusted to reflect materials prices as of January 2017 SOURCE: DESIGN COST DATA, BNI