Cost Comparisons for Common Commercial Wall Systems

Average Wall Cost Per Square Foot
In Selected Cities (amounts in dollars)

Wall Description
(click wall type to view detail)
Birmingham
AL
Pensacola
FL
Atlanta
GA
Louisville
KY
New Orleans
LA
Jackson
MS
Charlotte
NC
Triangle
NC
Charleston
SC
Greenville
SC
Nashville
TN
1. Brick Veneer & Metal Stud 21.38 20.58 22.37 20.61 20.54 20.71 20.98 20.76 20.26 20.53 21.14
2. Brick Veneer & Wood Stud 20.89 20.09 21.72 20.05 20.02 20.21 20.49 20.26 19.81 20.08 20.59
3. Block Veneer & Metal Stud 20.39 19.16 20.85 18.60 20.06 19.36 19.45 19.33 18.81 19.02 19.30
4. Brick & Block Barrier Wall 29.86 28.71 31.27 28.16 28.53 28.81 29.63 29.29 28.25 28.75 29.36
5. Utility Brick [Joint Reinforcing] 20.80 20.55 24.27 20.33 21.12 21.02 20.68 20.54 20.59 20.40 20.74
6. Utility Brick & Block Cavity Wall 24.98 24.43 26.97 23.74 24.67 24.45 25.05 24.79 24.08 24.31 24.87
7. Block & Block Cavity Wall 28.70 27.12 29.60 26.10 27.38 27.30 28.00 27.65 26.68 27.09 27.85
8. 12" Split Face Block 20.35 19.50 21.62 18.90 19.61 19.59 20.00 19.73 19.17 19.58 20.01
9. 8" Split Face [Colored] 18.17 17.73 20.06 17.17 18.15 17.85 18.28 17.95 17.75 17.76 18.16
10. Ground Face Block 25.01 24.08 25.68 23.01 24.18 23.59 25.46 24.85 24.19 24.12 24.35
11. Stucco on CMU 24.60 23.51 25.57 22.40 23.61 23.85 23.56 23.62 22.90 23.11 24.33
12. Hardcoat Simulated Stucco 14.90 14.59 15.76 14.50 14.25 14.45 15.04 14.91 14.22 14.14 14.92
13. Industrial Ribbed Metal Siding 17.30 17.02 18.12 16.70 17.10 16.81 17.93 17.69 16.87 16.63 17.48
14. Metal Curtain Wall 40.24 40.00 40.65 38.64 39.95 38.83 40.56 40.03 39.82 39.49 39.96
15. Glass Curtain Wall 54.25 53.89 54.89 53.28 52.89 52.62 54.22 53.91 53.07 53.03 53.95
16. Granite or Marble Panel 75.60 75.90 76.84 70.97 75.67 72.21 77.55 76.06 75.40 73.79 73.20
17. Hollow Structural Brick 22.16 21.50 23.70 20.62 21.68 20.63 21.72 21.59 20.75 20.53 21.43
18. Pre-Cast Concrete Tilt-up Fluted Panels 18.18 17.01 18.44 16.14 16.66 17.07 18.25 17.13 16.80 16.83 17.51

Note: Individual per square foot unit cost represents an "over the counter" median cost; thus the unit cost could move 25% in either direction depending on circumstances; neither have we considered discounts or isolated economic factors which might affect individual unit cost.

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