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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.

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.

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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.

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.

2017 Construction Forecast: A Post-Election Update

What's on tap for construction's economic fortunes in 2017?

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.

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

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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.

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.

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.

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

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

Planning for Success: Three Commercial Construction Industry Tips for 2016

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Happy New Year to all of our Hard Hat Chat readers! January is traditionally a time for reflection, and from a business standpoint the start of the year is a great time to take stock of what you want to accomplish in the year ahead.

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.

Commercial Construction Trends: The Highs and Lows of 2016

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With December here, it’s time for our annual post reviewing some of the positives – as well as a few of the challenges – that shaped the commercial construction business in the past year.

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.

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New Year’s Resolutions for Commercial Contractors: Goals and Strategies for Growth

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Fostering a collaborative culture among our team, from new hires to our most veteran staff, will continue to be a focus for Englewood in 2017. Happy New Year to all of our Hard Hat Chat readers!

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.

Construction Worker Safety Issues: Weighing in on Silica Standards

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One thing I really love about my job is having the opportunity to share insights about issues affecting the commercial construction industry – whether I’m writing a post for this blog, networking at industry events or connecting with a reporter who needs a construction expert’s perspective.

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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?”

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.

Commercial Construction Operations: Pulling Back the Curtain on Behind-the-Scenes Roles

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Behind-the-scenes team members – such as Englewood Construction’s CFO, Mary Davolt, who was recently honored as a CFO of the year by the Daily Herald – play a critical role in the success of a commercial construction firm.

Managing from the Mother Ship: How a National Commercial Contractor Operates

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The other day I was talking with a Chicago-area client who didn’t realize Englewood is a national general contractor that manages national commercial construction projects across the country. He asked me, “You only have offices in Chicago, right? So how does that work?”.

The Construction Software Toolbox Part 2: More Reasons Why It Pays To Work With A Tech-Savvy Commercial Contractor

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Mason workers close openings at a Countryside Bank in Chicago. Just as clients’ needs change, so too does the way we exchange information in construction management.

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.

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.

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.

How to Keep Residents Happy During a Senior Housing Community Renovation

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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 ).

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 Construction Software Toolbox Part 1: Why It Pays To Work With A Tech-Savvy Commercial Contractor

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As we discussed in this blog before, technology is playing an increasingly vital role in the commercial construction industry. Business seems to be booming for construction software products that help commercial contractors manage various aspects of their business. Lately, it seems like I receive daily calls and emails from technology companies highlighting new software products, many of which are trying to be a multi-purpose solution to serve the many facets of the construction business.

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

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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 Trusting Relationships Build Better Commercial Construction Projects

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Englewood Construction is currently negotiating a contract with Mrs. Green’s to convert former Fox and Obel in Chicago. Like most businesses, the commercial construction industry is a relationship business.

How Commercial General Contractors Can Help Improve Shopping Center Space for Lease

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Englewood moved escalators to the corners of Westfield’s Fox Valley Mall in Aurora, Ill. to create better foot-traffic flow and help struggling retailers. Even in the best shopping center developments, not all spaces are created equal.

2015 Commercial Construction Industry Highs and Lows

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Writing our annual “Highs and Lows” commercial construction blog post was a bit more difficult this year because, on the whole, 2015 was pretty great for Englewood Construction and many others in the construction industry.

Retail Construction: Successful Steps in Grocery Store Redevelopment

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Englewood recently completed a Trader Joe’s in Libertyville, Ill. The grocery market has been extremely hot in the Chicago area.

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Is Your Commercial General Contractor More Relevant Than You?

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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.

Shopping Center Development Strategies: How to Win Against Online Retail

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Stratford Square in Bloomingdale, Ill. is undergoing a redevelopment that will include a Round1 bowling concept. While the shopping center experience is far from over, it’s safe to say that shopping center developers and owners are working harder than ever to compete for foot traffic.

How Working with a Design-Build Construction Firm Can Boost the Bottom Line

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As we move further into 2015, Englewood Construction has been fortunate to entertain a lot of new business opportunities. All signs have been pointing to a robust commercial construction pipeline, with activity consistently on the rise.

Englewood Construction: Ten Years of Providing Leading Commercial Construction Services

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The Most Successful 2013 Commercial Construction Trends

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Workers finishing the exterior of one of the many extended stay type hotels Englewood completes each year. With 2013 behind us, we wanted to look back at the year that was in the commercial construction industry.