Commercial Construction

3 Tips On How To Find The Perfect Commercial Construction Contractor… And Be A Great Construction Client

Commercial Construction

Earlier this spring, I had the opportunity to talk with Restaurant Development + Design Magazine for an article on “How to Find the Perfect Construction Partner” that just published in the July/August issue.

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. At the same time, some subjects seem to come up again and again, whether on this blog, in the news media or in conversations with clients and colleagues.

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

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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. After all, the strongest foundation you can give any commercial construction project is a solid partnership between the client and the commercial contractor.

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

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For the most part, a commercial construction firm’s job is pretty straightforward. But because we have such a broad range of expertise and the know-how to weigh in or provide services for so many aspects of the construction process, there are times our clients don’t even realize they could and should be calling us for assistance. Here are three examples of when you should reach out to your commercial construction general contractor. Before You Select A Site.

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

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

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

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One of the biggest challenges for commercial construction firms today is the tighter project timelines that have become the norm at every phase of a project – from shorter deadlines for submitting initial bids and budgets, to quicker resolution on addendums and change orders, to compressed schedules for construction and delivery.

Prepping For Reentry: 8 Facility Maintenance Steps For Reopening Commercial Properties

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A version of this post was published in Illinois Real Estate Journal as a bylined article from Englewood Construction.

Flagship Store Retail Construction: 3 Reasons Brands Still Build in a Flagship Location

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With our firm’s long track record in retail construction, we’ve witnessed firsthand the ebb and flow of activity across this sector over the years. So when I came across an article recently asking if “ flagship stores are losing their shine ”, it gave me pause. It’s true the retail mix among flagship stores in prime locations is changing.

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Shopping Mall Development Trends: Are Ghost Kitchens the Answer for Vacant Mall Space?

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CRE developers and owners are continuing to think creatively about filling vacant shopping mall space, and recently the idea of bringing in “ghost kitchens” to fill obsolete retail square footage has started to gain traction.

The New Normal: Commercial Construction Continues in Unprecedented COVID-19 Times

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Bill Di Santo, president, Englewood Construction”. This is undoubtedly an unprecedented time in our country as efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) are impacting all of us on both personal and professional levels.

Huh? Ugh! LOL: The Top Ten-tions of Construction Law and Contracts

Speaker: Matthew DeVries, Construction Law Attorney and National Blogger

The construction environment changed more in 2020 than any prior year—whether the parties were faced with government shutdowns, new health and safety restrictions, or overall financial strains. Yet, many projects remained on target and successfully reached the finish line this year. The rights and responsibilities of parties involved in a construction project are mainly dependent upon the contract or agreement between them, and there is no better time than to review your contractual obligations to identify risk pitfalls and ensure success. Join construction law attorney and national blogger Matthew DeVries as he discusses the top tensions on a construction project and how to avoid disputes.

Commercial Construction Project Planning: 3 Warning Signs Your Budget Might Go Bust

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Budget is always a major consideration for our commercial construction clients, and as a general contractor we devote significant time to the budgeting process. While we do our best to provide budget estimates that are as accurate as possible, there are inevitably times when projects bids come in higher than the client expected, or that unanticipated costs push the job over-budget.

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.

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. A few days ago as I grabbed my smartphone before heading to the office, I thought back to the time when I would leave the house each morning with a pager and a roll of quarters in my pocket.

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

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Earlier this month, the Englewood Construction team was honored to be recognized as one of the Best Restaurant Contractors in Chicago by Chicago Architects. Given how much restaurant work we do and how important those clients – from national restaurant chains and food service groups to independent eateries – are to our business, it was rewarding to be called out for being among the best in our field.

4 Commercial Construction Industry Trends and Predictions for 2019

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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.

Legalized Marijuana: Opportunities and Impact for Commercial Real Estate and Construction

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A version of this post was published in Illinois Real Estate Journal as a byline article from Englewood Construction. Earlier this summer, Englewood Construction’s home state of Illinois passed a bill making it the 11 th state in the U.S. to legalize the use of recreational marijuana.

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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. What’s driving the uptick in renovation and remodeling activity in this sector?

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.

4 Commercial Construction Trends and Predictions for 2018

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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. The grocery sector has been keeping a steady pace in recent years, but it is definitely an area to watch in 2018.

Trending: The Rise of Prefab and Modular Commercial Construction Techniques

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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. Something we’re hearing a lot about in our industry right now is the growing trend and popularity of prefab and modular commercial construction solutions.

Commercial Construction 2017 Trends and Predictions

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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. Part of the reason I say this is the current hiring situation in the construction industry.

4 Commercial Construction Trends for Restaurant and Food Service Projects

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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. As such, here are four commercial construction trends our team has observed and anticipates we’ll see shaping more restaurant and food service construction projects in the near future: Tapping Into The Craft Beer Boom.

How to Avoid 3 Common Commercial Construction Scheduling Delays

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Compared with a few short years ago, commercial construction moves at an incredibly fast pace today. Due to a variety of factors – from smaller profit margins following the economic downturn, to the sense of immediacy that’s so pervasive in the modern business world – everyone from our clients on down to our subcontractors are being squeezed for time and asked to deliver commercial construction projects on tighter schedules than ever before.

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

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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. However, from time to time, we have to manage things that are out of our direct control – particularly when a project specifies owner furnished items (OFIs) or an owner vendor.

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. At Englewood Construction, we’re proud to say we’ve already been “on tour” with American Girl for the last 10 years, working with the popular retail brand to build, remodel and maintain American Girl Place stores across the country.

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. Anyone who reads this blog regularly probably already knows I’m a huge proponent of client partnerships that bring the general contractor into the commercial construction planning process as early as possible.

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. Coming out of the International Council of Shopping Centers’ RECon convention in Las Vegas last month, there’s been a lot of conversation in the media around the future of retail development.

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3 Critical Questions to Ask Before Starting an Adaptive Reuse Commercial Construction Project

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This column from Chuck Taylor, Englewood Construction’s director of operations, was originally published by GlobeSt.com. An adaptive reuse construction project, such as the conversion of this former grocery store into Englewood’s headquarters in Lemont, Ill., involves extra planning and special considerations. While it’s always thrilling to create a new building, some of the most rewarding construction projects to work on involve the adaptive reuse of an existing property.

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 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. Activity is setting up nicely for commercial construction in 2015, but just as the industry seems to be back on its footing, the dreary recession of years past is giving us one last gasp of annoyance and pain.

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. As a national commercial contractor , we are first and foremost in the business of customer service. We want to please our clients and be a good partner to them plus everyone involved on a construction project.

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. Anyone who does so is probably making a smart move – according to a recent study , construction is the industry with the second largest talent shortage in the U.S.,

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?” Before the 2016 Games opened, media coverage showed crews in Rio de Janeiro putting finishing touches on new-construction Olympic facilities, and reporters speculated whether venues and the athletes village would be completed in time to welcome participants and spectators.

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 Secrets to Successful Landmark-Status Building Construction Projects

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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. In fact, we’re in the middle of one of those projects right now as Englewood Construction relocates American Girl’s flagship store in New York City from its current 5th Avenue address to a well-known landmark property – 75 Rockefeller Plaza.

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). Attending this major event is always a terrific opportunity for us as a national commercial construction firm to meet with our national retail developer clients, network with new connections from across the country, and really take the temperature of the retail construction sector.

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2015 Commercial Construction Industry Trends and Predictions

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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. The increased commercial construction activity paved the way for some large new retail construction projects and restaurant construction, as national retailers and restaurant owners became more confident in the improving economy.