Construction Cost

For new or growing businesses looking for more space, construction costs play a major role in any decision making process. At EcoDevo we recognize that it is important to know all of the available options before determining what additional space is needed. According to 2018 RSMeans Building Construction Cost Data, construction costs in North Eastern Kansas are often lower than the National Average.  In addition, below you will find examples of new and renovated buildings, built by Riley Construction.  Riley Construction has been constructing buildings in North East Kansas since 1986, specializing in general contracting and pre-engineered buildings.

RSMeans Building Construction Cost Data 2018

The table below compares the average cost of construction based on category.  With the national average cost equal to 100.0, any cost index below 100 means the cost is less than the national average, above 100 means the cost is above the national average.  Installation costs include both labor and equipment rental costs. Total cost represents a weighted average between installation and material costs.

North East Kansas Cost Index (Topeka)

Source: RSMeans Building Construction Cost Index 2015.
Category Material Cost Installation Cost Total Cost
Contractor Equipment
105.2 105.2
Site & Infrastructure, Demolition 96.9 94.5 95.2
Concrete Forming & Accessories  97.2 69.0 72.8
Concrete Reinforcing 91.6 90.6 91.1
Cast-in-Place Concrete 97.5 89.9 94.6
Concrete 93.2 81.2 87.7
Masonry 93.5 67.0 77.1
Metals 102.6 97.7 101.1
Wood, Plastics & Composites 101.0 68.1 82.7
Thermal & Moisture Protection 96.5 77.7 88.6
Openings 103.3 74.0 96.6
Plaster & Gypsum Board 100.8 67.3 78.3
Ceilings & Acoustic Treatment 88.7 67.3 74.3
Flooring 89.6 70.8 84.4
Wall Finishes & Painting/Coating 88.8 70.8 78.3
Finishes 92.1 68.5 79.3
Fire Suppression, Plumbing & HVAC 100.0 76.0 89.8
Electrical, Communications, & Utilites 103.2 73.7 87.8

Building Examples

Source: Riley Construction 2016.
Project Type Project Square Footage Construction Cost Cost Per SF
1. Engineered Metal Building 4,100 $315,000 $76.83
2. Engineered Metal Building 4,000 $213,000 $53.25
3. Engineered Metal Building 42,000 $3,000,000 $71.43
4. Engineered Metal Building 40,000 $2,250,000 $56.25
5. Interior Renovation of Existing Space 10,000 $246,000 $24.60
6. Historic Structure Renovation 5,000 $328,000 $65.60
7. Commercial Interior Remodel 16,500 $522,000 $31.64
8. Light Duty Tenant Improvement 2,700 $54,000 $20.00
9. Full Tenant Improvement of Empty Space 3,000 $150,000 $50.00
10. Higher-End Commercial Construction 6,500 $1,475,000 $226.90

Riley Construction Building Examples 2016


All projects are based on Commercial Construction standards. They include Architectural design & engineering required for local municipality plan review and permitting.  However, no property costs are included.

Example Descriptions


1. Engineered Metal Building: 4,100 SF

a. Dirtwork & Utilities
b. Concrete Foundation
c. Metal Building Structure
d. 50% Interior Completion / 50% Shop Space

2. Engineered Metal Building: 4,000 SF
a. Dirtwork & Limited Utilities
b. Concrete Foudation
c. Metal Building Structure
d. 10% Interior Completion / 90% Shop Space

3. Engineered Metal Building: 42,000 SF

a. Sports Facility, with all sports equipment included, locker rooms, concessions, and sport courts.
b. Dirtwork, Utilities, Paved Parking/Curb & Gutter, Professional Landscaping
c. Engineered Metal Building Structure

4. Engineered Metal Building: 40,000 SF
a. Shipping Warehouse Facility
b. Dirtwork, Utilities, Paved Truck Access & Parking
c. Multiple Loading Docks & Associated Equipment
d. Limited Interior Finish for warehouse packaging and shipping distribution offices.

5. Interior Renovation of Existing Space: 10,000 SF
a. Remove 50% of existing interior finishes and replace.
b. Plumbing for multiple ADA accessible bathrooms
c. Light Duty HVAC and Electrical work
d. Full replacement of flooring & ceilings.
e. Limited mill-work and finishes, new paint throughout.

6. Historic Structure Renovation: 5,000 SF

a. Major Structural Renovation of 100+ Year old Building
b. All New Electrical, HVAC & Plumbing throughout
c. Interior Finishes.

7. Commercial Interior Remodel: 16,500 SF
a. Major Electrical, HVAC and Plumbing Upgrades.
b. Total replacement of interior finishes, flooring, ceilings.

8. Light Duty Tenant Improvement: 2,700 SF

a. No HVAC, Plumbing or Electrical Upgrades.
b. Light duty interior work.
c. New Carpet & Paint

9. Full Tenant Improvement of Empty White Space: 3,000 SF

a. New HVAC, Plumbing & Electrical
b. New Walls, Drywall, Acoustical Ceilings
c. Interior Walls for Office Space, Break Room, Bathrooms, and Facility Space.
d. Flooring, Paint and Building Accessories

10. Higher End Commercial Construction: 6,500 SF

a. Full Site work, utilities, paved parking, curb and gutter, professional landscaping.
b. Wood Framed, High Detail Structure
c. Long Term Decorative Metal Roof
d. High End Interior Commercial Finishes