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Commercial Construction Project Management Trends: How to Survive the Incredible Shrinking Timeline

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Commercial Construction Trends: Three Headlines That Won’t Die In 2019

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After nearly 10 years of publishing Hard Hat Chat (more to come on our blog’s 10 th anniversary later this year), we know there’s never a shortage of fresh topics and trends to discuss in the commercial construction industry.

Customer Relationship Management: Why Good Relationships Are Good Business in Commercial Construction

Commercial Construction

Most people think of commercial construction as a physical, “bricks and sticks” industry. But if you ask me, commercial construction is first and foremost about relationships.

3 Reasons to Reach Out to Your General Contractor During the Commercial Construction Process

Commercial Construction

For the most part, a commercial construction firm’s job is pretty straightforward.

You Can't Improve Construction Safety from Inside a Filing Cabinet

How mobile technology can mitigate risk, save money, and provide a competitive advantage.

3 Secrets to Serving Up Restaurant Construction Success from a Top Restaurant Contractor

Commercial Construction

Earlier this month, the Englewood Construction team was honored to be recognized as one of the Best Restaurant Contractors in Chicago by Chicago Architects.

Commercial Construction Delivery Methods: 3 Times To Go With A Negotiated Bid

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Any long-time readers of Hard Hat Chat have probably picked up on the fact that I’m a big fan of the negotiated bid. Our firm takes pride in being a true partner to our clients, and we believe a great way to elevate that client relationship is to work on a negotiated basis – a process where the client hires a general contractor early-on in the project after agreeing on general conditions and a contractor fee.

3 Construction Strategies for Senior Community Housing Renovation Projects

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As noted in January’s Hard Hat Chat post about commercial real estate trends shaping Englewood’s work in the year ahead, we expect 2018 will maintain the same strong momentum we’ve recently experienced working with owners and operators to update existing senior communities.

Trends in Construction: 3 Ways Technology is Changing Commercial Construction

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The use of technology and apps for daily construction reporting, sharing photos and scheduling look-aheads has become common practice on today’s commercial construction job sites.

4 Commercial Construction Trends and Predictions for 2018

Commercial Construction

Happy New Year to all of our Hard Hat Chat readers! As we flip the calendar over to 2018 this month, it’s a great time to share some of the commercial construction trends we predict will shape our work in the year ahead. #1: 1: Grocery Sector Ripe for Change.

Commercial Construction Industry Trends: Reflecting on the Highs and Lows of 2018

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A strong pipeline of senior living construction was a “high” of 2018. After a busy and eventful year in commercial construction, we always find it valuable to reflect back on the last 12 months and review the positives and negatives that impacted our business – including those that are specific to our company as well as the commercial construction industry as a whole – as we prepare for the opportunities and challenges the New Year is likely to bring.

Trending: The Rise of Prefab and Modular Commercial Construction Techniques

Commercial Construction

Prefabricated elements such as pre-cast concrete walls, which Englewood installed for a Blain’s Farm & Fleet store in Romeoville, Ill., can have a positive impact on a construction project’s schedule and budget.

Facility Management & Maintenance: 5 Reasons to Partner with your Commercial General Contractor

Commercial Construction

One of the things we’ve been most proud of at Englewood Construction over the last several years is the growth of our Facilities Management Group.

4 Commercial Construction Trends for Restaurant and Food Service Projects

Commercial Construction

It’s already been a busy year for Englewood’s Restaurant Construction division, with a wide variety of projects ranging from ground-up new construction and interior renovations to commercial kitchen work.

4 Commercial Construction Industry Trends and Predictions for 2019

Commercial Construction

It has been another successful year for Englewood Construction, and with the calendar flipping over to December we’re excited to see what 2019 will bring. Here are our predictions of the four commercial construction industry trends we expect will shape our work in different sectors – and the construction landscape overall – in the year ahead: Senior Housing Communities Woo Workers with Facility Updates.

Commercial Construction Trends and Predictions for 2016

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A continuing construction labor shortage will result in higher pricing and scheduling challenges in 2016. As we close in on the finish line for 2015, we’re happy to report it’s been a terrific year at Englewood Construction and for many others in the commercial construction industry.

Commercial Construction Labor Trends & Hiring Strategies: Why Young Hires are Good Business for General Contractors

Commercial Construction

If you’re like me, your social media feed this month is filled with photos of happy graduates celebrating commencement and getting ready to begin the next chapter of their lives. Hopefully, we’ll see some of those fresh young graduates heading toward a career in commercial construction.

Commercial Construction 2017 Trends and Predictions

Commercial Construction

Rounding the corner into the final weeks of 2016, it’s time for our annual post predicting the commercial construction trends that will influence the industry in the coming year.

American Girl’s New York City Flagship Store: An Englewood Construction Retail Showcase

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Earlier this year, one of our favorite clients, American Girl, announced plans to take its brand on the road via an American Girl musical debuting with a nationwide tour this fall.

How to Avoid 3 Common Commercial Construction Scheduling Delays

Commercial Construction

Compared with a few short years ago, commercial construction moves at an incredibly fast pace today.

Commercial Construction Project Management: Managing What You Don’t Control

Commercial Construction

I wouldn’t go so far as to call myself a control freak, but as a national general contractor, it’s part of the job description to be the one calling the shots and telling everyone what to do on a complex commercial construction project.

New Ideas for Old Shopping Malls: 3 Ways Retail Developers are Remixing the Shopping Center Experience

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Brewery-based restaurant concepts, such as this BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse Englewood Construction recently completed in Fort Wayne, Ind., are popular additions to existing malls.

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Viva Las Vegas: CRE and Retail Construction Insights and Trends from ICSC RECon

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Earlier this month, the Englewood team headed to Las Vegas for RECon , the global retail real estate convention hosted annually by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

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Commercial Construction Trends: Why More Clients Are Choosing the Design-Assist Model

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Working with a client on a design-assist or design-build basis, as Englewood Construction is with the reimagining of Stratford Square Mall, allows the commercial contractor to provide valuable input during the initial planning stages.

Commercial Facility Management: 4 Steps to Prep your Facility for Winter

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Englewood’s Facilities Management Group notes that fall is an ideal time to address seasonal maintenance concerns and make sure building systems are ready for winter. Here in Chicago, the arrival of October means the season’s first snowfall and blast of cold weather could come any day.

3 Secrets to Successful Landmark-Status Building Construction Projects

Commercial Construction

When I think back on the most interesting construction projects and challenges I’ve handled in my career as a national commercial contractor, without a doubt some of the most memorable have been in landmark-status buildings.

Go for the Gold: 3 Keys to Finishing a Commercial Construction Project on Time

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Leading up to the start of the Olympic Games earlier this month, one of the main story lines revolved around the question of “Will Rio be ready?”

3 Solutions to Help Solve the Commercial Construction Labor Shortage

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Bill Di Santo, president of Englewood Construction (second from right), and the Englewood accounting team receiving recognition from the Chicago Chapter of the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) for participating in their 2014 Accounting Intern Program.

Commercial Construction Trends: Highs and Lows of 2017

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As we close in on the final days of 2017, it’s time once again for our annual commercial construction blog post reflecting back on the positives – and the negatives – that have impacted our business and the industry as a whole over the last 12 months.

Client Relationships: 3 Reasons You Should Listen If Your Commercial Contractor Tells You No

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Working with a commercial contractor on a negotiated-bid basis, as Englewood Construction does with long-term client American Girl, can minimize the likelihood you’ll hear “no” from your GC during the bidding process.

CRE Construction Project Site Selection: 3 Tips for Finding the Perfect Match

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When it comes to choosing a site for a commercial construction or CRE project, finding the perfect match between a brand or concept and an available space is one of the most important steps in the planning process.

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5 Green Construction Practices that are becoming Standard Commercial Construction Procedures

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With Earth Day coming up this weekend, there’s a lot of discussion about being more environmentally friendly in how we live and work.

Experience vs. Credentials: Does Your Commercial Construction Contractor Make the Grade?

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A culture that values safety training of its own accord, not just as a minimum requirement to be met, is an important credential in any construction firm. With back-to-school season here, it’s exciting to think about students heading off to pursue a degree or certificate in a construction field.

How to Keep Residents Happy During a Senior Housing Community Renovation

Commercial Construction

Last month, I had the opportunity to check in with an Illinois Real Estate Journal reporter for a feature on the latest trends in senior housing ( you can read the article here ).

Appetite For Growth: New Store Construction and Renovation Tips For Expanding Grocery Brands

Commercial Construction

It’s been a busy year in the grocery business, with major brands announcing store expansion and renovation plans, new concepts entering the market, and big deals such as Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods spurring speculation about the future of the industry.

2015 Commercial Construction Industry Trends and Predictions

Commercial Construction

It has been another whirlwind year at Englewood Construction and we are happy to report that our predicted 2014 commercial construction trends came true, which has meant a lot of new projects on our end.

Is Your Commercial General Contractor More Relevant Than You?

Commercial Construction

Staying ahead of the curve, Englewood Construction recently launched a new website and secured a new domain name: www.ECI.build. It’s rare for the words “cool” and “general contractor” to be used in the same sentence.

Emergency Commercial Facility Disaster Planning: 3 Takeaways from Recent Hurricanes

Commercial Construction

Earlier this fall, the entire country watched as hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria caused widespread destruction across Texas, Florida, the Caribbean and Puerto Rico.

From Clicks to Bricks: Retail Construction Tips as Online Retailers Move to the Mall

Commercial Construction

Online retailers opening their first physical stores need to be as well-versed in a shopping center’s holy trinity as proven and successful bricks-and-mortar retailers already are.

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How to Choose the Best General Contractor to Partner with for your “First” Commercial Construction Project

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One of our current commercial projects at Englewood Construction is a new Farm & Fleet store we’re building in Romeoville, Ill.